Lady Tigers Prepare for Thanksgiving Classic Opponents
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action after the holiday to host the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic. The four-team tournament will see TSU match up with Norfolk State on Saturday at 3 p.m. before facing Youngstown State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (1-3) is coming off a, 97-46, road loss to #4 Tennessee on Monday. TSU’s only win of the season was a, 73-55, victory over Lipscomb.
After four games, Chelsea Hudson is leading the team in scoring with 13.8 points and a team second-best 6.5 rpg. Briana Morrow is leading the team in rebounds per game with 7.5 while Rachel Allen (9.3 ppg) and Brianna Lawrence (6.8 ppg) round out the top three scorers.
As a team, TSU is shooting 34.3 percent from the field while averaging 57.3 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled shooting from the free-throw line, only connecting on 61.1 percent of their attempts to start the season.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State stunned #4 Tennessee and jumped out to a 6-0 start. The Lady Tigers led, 13-5, at one point and, 20-14, at another but the Lady Vols used a 23-0 run to take control of the game. Ultimately, TSU fell to the SEC opponent, 97-46, in Thompson-Boling Arena. Rachel Allen led TSU with 13 points while Briana Morrow pulled down 12 boards. Hudson, TSU’s leading scorer, was held to six points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
Norfolk State (0-4) is coming off of a, 64-47, loss to Hofstra. The Spartans were led in scoring by Rae Corbo (9) and Alvah Parham (9). NSU is averaging 56.8 points per game while shooting .319 from the field. Rae Corbo (18.5 ppg) and Kayla Roberts (9.3 ppg) are the top scorers for NSU.
Youngstown State (4-0) has opened the season undefeated, including its most recent, 69-54, victory over Bucknell. Four YSU players scored in double-digits led by Heidi Schlegel’s 14 points. The Penguins average 72.5 points per game behind a 44.9 shooting percentage. Heidi Schlegel (14.0 ppg), Indiya Benjamin (12.8 ppg), Nikki Arnabaa (11.0 ppg) and Latisha Walker (10.5) are averaging double-digits in scoring for YSU.
TSU vs. Norfolk State
Series Record:TSU 1-0
Last Meeting:1997-98, TSU W 91-70
Last TSU Win:1997-98, 91-70
Last NSU Win: n/a
TSU vs. Youngstown
Series Record: YSU St. 2-0
Last Meeting: 1987-88
Last TSU Win: n/a
Last YSU Win:.1987-88, 81-72
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video will also be available for the TSU games on OVCDigitalNework.com. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.