TENNESSEE STATE (8-9, 3-1 OVC)
MURRAY STATE (6-9, 2-2 OVC)
SATURDAY | JAN. 16 | GENTRY CENTER | NASHVILLE, TN
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 16 at home against Murray State. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. The contest is the last of TSU’s three-game homestead. The game will also be “Alumni Night.” Those who wear TSU alumni paraphernalia will receive entry into the game for half price.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-9) won its third straight and improved to 3-1 in OVC play after defeating Austin Peay, 66-58, at home on Thursday. The win over Austin Peay was the second this year in which TSU gave its opponent their first league loss of the season. (TSU knocked off SIUE, a team that was 3-0 entering into the game). The Lady Tigers are now 6-0 in the Gentry Center this season.
Juniors Jayda Johnson (14.2 ppg) and I’mani Davis (13.5 ppg) lead TSU in scoring while senior Brianna Lawrence (10.0 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers. These three upperclassmen also lead the Lady Tigers in rebounding.
As a team, TSU is averaging 61.9 points per game and shooting 35.6 percent from the field, including 28.8 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 won its third straight game after knocking-off OVC opponent Austin Peay, 66-58, Thursday night in the Gentry Center. TSU managed to build a double-digit lead at halftime and led by as many 16 points in the second half. The Lady Tigers, however, suffered through a scoring drought and were outscored 26-6 while the Governors took the lead. TSU continued to fight and rallied to close strong and reclaim the lead. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 16 points while I’mani Davis tallied 15. Jayda Johnson rounded out the top three scorers with 14.
ABOUT MURRAY STATE
Murray State (6-9, 2-2 OVC) started off league play with two-straight wins over Morehead State and Tennessee Tech before dropping two straight to Jacksonville State and Belmont.
The Racers are led in scoring by Ke’Shuna James’ 20.1 points per game while LeAsia Wright adds 15.4 points per outing. The next leading scorer is Kyra Gulledge with 7.9 ppg.
As a team, MSU averages 68.1 ppg while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 30.1 percent from three-point range. The Racers are 2-6 in away games this season.
TSU and Murray State will meet for the for the 56th time in the series history with the Racers leading 32-23. TSU claimed last year’s meeting, 76-72, on the road. TSU has won three straight with MSU’s last win (87-83) coming on 2/23/12.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Links for live stats, video and audio will also be available on tsutigers.com.
TSU will return to the road to face Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Jan. 21. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in the Eblen Center. TSU will match-up with Tennessee Tech for the 63rd time with TTU holding a commanding, 50-12, lead in the series history. The Lady Tigers, however, have won the last two meetings, sweeping the Golden Eagles last season. TTU’s last win was the season before on Feb. 3, 2014. A 79-75 victory in Cookeville.