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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will open the 2015-16 season on the road Friday, Nov. 13 at Indiana in the Preseason WNIT. Game time for the first round match-up is scheduled for 12 noon ET in Assembly Hall.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
The defending Ohio Valley Conference tournament champions return to the court after a historic 2014-15 run that saw TSU win the OVC title for the first time in 20 years. The Lady Tigers closed out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak before claiming three straight victories, including an upset over four-time defending champ UT Martin, in the OVC tournament. The 10 consecutive wins was a program record.
The Lady Tigers only return two starters from last year’s team, including junior I’mani Davis who averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Brianna Lawrence, the lone senior, finished the season with an average of 8.9 ppg while knocking down a team-best 46 three-pointers. She was named the MVP of the OVC Tournament after averaging 16.7 ppg in three games and scoring 22 points in the championship. TSU returned seven letterwinners from last season and added seven newcomers.
The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Brianna Lawrence scored 16 points but Tennessee State fell to the University of Kentucky, 97-59, in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Briana Morrow added 11 points for TSU while UK had six players finish in double-digits. The Lady Tigers shot 26 percent from the field and had 26 turnovers in the loss. UK edged TSU in rebounds, 52-34, and went to the free-throw line 42 times. The game ended TSU’s season with an 18-13 overall record.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Indiana, a member of the Big Ten, finished the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 15-16. The Hoosiers held opponents to less than 30 percent shooting from 3-point range (.292), good for third in the Big Ten last season. Additionally, in 2014-15, Indiana achieved the program’s best scoring average (71.9 ppg) since 1995-96, the best team free throw percentage (74.3 percent) since 2003-04 and the most steals (284) since 2010-11.
Sophomore Tyra Buss is Indiana’s leading returner in scoring, steals and assists from a year ago as the sophomore averaged 11.7 points, 2.1 steals and 3.2 assists per game to go along with 3.6 rebounds per contest in 2014-15. Sophomore Amanda Cahill was the only freshman in the Big Ten last year to average at least 10.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while hitting 77.5 percent from the free throw line.
TSU will match up with Indiana for the second time in the series history with the Hoosiers holding a 1-0 advantage. IU claimed the first meeting, 94-63, on Dec. 16, 1995.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Links for live stats and video will also be available through iuhoosiers.com. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.