Women's Basketball Begins Season at NC State
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Women's Basketball Begins Season at NC State
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14 at ACC member North Caroline State. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET in Reynolds Coliseum.
Tennessee State finished fourth in the OVC East Division with a league mark of 9-7 (12-18 overall).
Under the guidance of third year head coach Larry Inman, the Lady Tigers returned 10 letterwinners from last year’s team including preseason All-OVC selection Chelsea Hudson. Hudson led TSU with 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season while posting nine double-doubles throughout the course of the year.
Senior Rachel Allen also returned to the Lady Tiger backcourt. The 5-5 point guard was the anchor for the TSU offense averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per outing as a junior. She posted double-digits 20-times and recorded her first career double-double of 12 points and 10 assists against Tennessee Tech.
Tennessee State returned four starters and 86 percent of its offense from a year ago. Last season TSU led the OVC in offensive rebounds (16.2) while ranking second in steals (8.9) and fourth in scoring offense (69.4). Five newcomers, including four freshman joined the squad.
After a slow start Tennessee State got its offense and defense going before defeating Tennessee Temple, 109-37, in an exhibition game on Monday. Freshman Samantha Palma led TSU with 17 points off the bench while Jayda Johnson (16) and Chelsea Hudson (13) also put up double-digits in scoring. Hudson also pulled down seven boards.
North Carolina State will officially begin its season against Tennessee State after, defeating LeNoir-Rhyne, 70-52, in an exhibition contest last Friday.
In the win over Lenoir-Rhyne, Miah Spencer led the Wolfpack with 15 points while Carlee Schuhmacher also posted double-digits with 14. Jennifer Mathurin added nine points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. 
NC State is under second year head coach Wes Moore. In Moore’s first season, the Wolfpack finished 11-5 in conference play. State returns two starters from a 2013-14 team which won 25 games, was nationally ranked for 12 straight weeks to end the season and finished fourth in the ACC regular-season standings.
NC State’s two returning seniors are both regular starters and will lead a young group which includes six newcomers (four freshmen and two transfers).
Tennessee State will match up with North Carolina State for the first time in the program’s history.
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 games. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.