TSU Turns Focus to Belmont
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action at home on Saturday, Jan. 24 against cross-town rival Belmont. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-9, 5-1 OVC) claimed its third consecutive conference game on Wednesday after a hard fought victory over Tennessee Tech. The victory improved the Lady Tigers to 5-1 in the league while TSU has won five of its last six contests.
Chelsea Hudson is leading the team in scoring with 14.6 points and 7.5 rpg. Briana Morrow averages a team second-best 6.7 rpg while I’mani Davis (8.7 ppg) and Rachel Allen (7.8 ppg) round out the top three scorers.
TSU is shooting 38.0 percent from the field while averaging 65.6 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled shooting from the free-throw line, only connecting on 60.3 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 22.4 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
TSU trailed by nine with seven minutes left but fought back to tie the game with three minutes left. The Lady Tigers took the lead with a minute left and held on to win, 67-64. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 12 points while Chelsea Hudson posted her third consecutive double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. I’mani Davis and Rachel Allen each chipped in 12. TSU snapped an eight game losing streak to TTU dating back to the 2009-10 season.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Belmont had only managed a 1-4 OVC mark before claiming its last two league games to improve to 3-4. The Bruins (6-14 overall) picked up wins over Murray State and Jacksonville State. In the most recent victory, the Bruins claimed a 70-66 decision over the Gamecocks in the Curb Event Center.
Tennessee Tech has two players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Frankie Joubran’s 12.1 points per game. Jordyn Luffman-Hartsfield averages 11.3 ppg while Sierra Jones averages 8.1 ppg to round out the top three scorers.
The Bruins are scoring an average of 62.8 points per contest behind a 39.6 field goal percentage. BU shoots .302 from three-point range and .655 from the free-throw line.
TSU will match up with Belmont for the 34th time in the series history. Belmont holds a 24-9 advantage as the teams split last season, each winning at home.
TSU will host league leader UT Martin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in an OVC contest. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video through OVCDigitalNetwork.com will also be available. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.