Lady Tigers Return Home to Host Lady Colonels
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball will return to action on Saturday, Feb.14 against Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Tigers will face the Lady Colonels at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center on Valentine’s Day for TSU’s Courtside Dining Event. The match up will be the second meeting between the two teams in nine days.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (11-12, 8-4 OVC) won its fifth consecutive road game and third straight after defeating Tennessee Tech, 66-57, Thursday night in Johnson Arena. The Lady Tigers are currently in third place in the OVC standings.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by redshirt Senior Chelsea Hudson who averages 13.8 points per game. Hudson also leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 per outing while Briana Morrow pulls down a team second-best 6.0 rpg. I’mani Davis is TSU’s second leading scorer with 9.4 ppg as Brianna Lawrence (8.5 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.0 percent from the field while averaging 65.2 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 62.0 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 21.4 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State shook off a slow start and took control of the game in the second half to defeat Tennessee Tech, 66-57, Thursday night in the Eblen Center. The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Chelsea Hudson’s 15 points while Brianna Lawrence scored 13. I’mani Davis just missed double-digits with nine points. TSU shot 48.4 percent from the field in the second half and scored 28 points in the paint against Tech. The win gave TSU the season sweep over Tech and extended the road win-streak to five games.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Eastern Kentucky (8-13, 3-8 OVC) is currently on a four-game losing streak. The Lady Colonels are recently coming off a, 76-59, loss to Belmont at home on Feb. 7.
Michaela Hunter leads EKU in scoring with 15.1 points per game while Shameekia Murray (13.0 ppg) also averages double-digits. Shelly Harper is the third leading scorer on the team with 5.7 points per outing.
The Lady Colonels are shooting .376 from the field while posting 60.4 points per contest. EKU is shooting 30.7 percent from three-point range and 66.1 percent from the charity stripe.
TSU will match up with Eastern Kentucky for the 57th time in the long series history with EKU holding a 37-19 advantage. TSU claimed the first meeting between the two teams, 68-62, on Feb. 5.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU snapped a three-game losing streak after defeating EKU, 68-62, in McBrayer Arena.
TSU had four players to score in double-figures led by I’mani Davis and Briana Morrow who each tallied 15 points. Briana Lawrence finished the game with 11 points while Rachel Allen posted 10 points and six assists.
Shameekia Murray led EKU (8-12, 3-7 OVC) with 15 points and Michaela Hunter scored 13.
TSU trailed in the first half but outscored EKU, 23-13, to open the second frame and took control of the game. The Lady Tigers were able to hold off the Lady Colonels down the stretch.
TSU will have a week off before returning to the road to take on Jacksonville State in a rematch of the Jan. 31 meeting. Game time for the road tilt is slated for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
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.