OVC Action Begins for Lady Tigers on Saturday
Thursday, December 31, 2015
OVC Action Begins for Lady Tigers on Saturday

TENNESSEE STATE (5-8, 0-0 OVC) vs. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (8-6, 1-0 OVC)
SATURDAY | JAN. 2 | 2:00 P.M. | CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.| SHOW ME CENTER

GAME NOTES: TENNESSEE STATE
VIDEO: OVC DIGITAL NETWORK
LIVE STATS: STATBROADCAST

GAMEDAY
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 2 against Southeast Missouri. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center.

THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State has dropped four consecutive games and lost five of its last six. The Lady Tigers are most recently coming off a, 69-58, loss to Horizon League member Youngstown State on Wednesday.

Juniors Jayda Johnson (13.5) and I’mani Davis (12.9 ppg) lead TSU in scoring while senior Brianna Lawrence (10.2 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers. These three upperclassmen also lead the Lady Tigers in rebounding.

As a team, TSU is averaging 60.5 points per game and shooting 34.3 percent from the field, including 27.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State fell to No. 7 Kentucky, 81-39, Monday night in Memorial Coliseum. The non-conference match-up against the SEC opponent was the team’s first action after a week off. Jayda Johnson was the only Lady Tiger able to reach double-digits with a team-high 19 points while I’mani Davis just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. TSU committed 24 turnovers and only shot 26.7 percent from the field in the contest.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Southeast Missouri State has an overall record of 8-6 with a 1-0 OVC mark. The Redhawks are most recently coming off a, 81-74, victory over Belmont in their OVC opener on Thursday.

SEMO is led in scoring by Olivia Hackman’s 16.4 ppg while Brianna Mitchell (11.7) and Erin Bollmann (10.7 ppg) also average double-digits. Deja Jones leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 per outing.

As a team, the Redhawks average 69.2 ppg while shooting 38.6 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range.

SEMO has won two games in a row.

SERIES INFORMATION
TSU will match-up with SEMO for the 46th time with the Redhawks holding a 24-21 advantage. The Lady Tigers claimed the only match-up last season, 62-55 in the Gentry Center. TSU has won the last three meetings.

COVERAGE
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 on tsutigers.com.

UP NEXT
The Lady Tigers will continue OVC action with a contest at Eastern Illinois on Jan. 6. Game time is set for 12 p.m. in Lantz Arena. TSU will match-up with EIU for the 40th time in the series history with the Panthers holding a 28-11 advantage. TSU claimed last year’s meeting, 57-44, in the Gentry Center. EIU’s last win was an, 80-70, victory during the 2013-14 season.

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