TENNESSEE STATE (9-9, 4-1 OVC)
TENNESSEE TECH (5-14, 1-5 OVC)
THURSDAY, JAN. 21 | 6:00 P.M.| EBLEN CENTER | COOKEVILLE, TN
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on the road for the first time since Jan. 6 with a match-up against Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Jan. 21. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Eblen Center. The contest is the first of TSU’s four-game road stint.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (9-9) won its fourth straight and improved to 4-1 in OVC play after defeating Murray State, 69-58, at home on Saturday. The win improved the Lady Tigers home record to 7-0 in the Gentry Center this season. TSU, however, is 1-7 in away games.
Juniors Jayda Johnson (15.0 ppg) and I’mani Davis (13.4 ppg) lead TSU in scoring while senior Brianna Lawrence (10.4 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers. These three upperclassmen also lead the Lady Tigers in rebounding.
As a team, TSU is averaging 62.3 points per game and shooting 35.9 percent from the field, including 28.4 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 led by as many as 16 points but had to hold off a Murray State rally to win its fourth straight and remain undefeated at home. After leading by double-digits, TSU lost the lead in the third quarter but held its opponent scoreless for nearly five minutes to reclaim the lead and seal the win in the final frame. Jayda Johnson scored a career-high 28 points while Brianna Lawrence added 18. I’mani Davis notched her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH
Tennessee Tech (5-14, 1-5 OVC) started off league play with a win over Eastern Illinois before losing five-straight. Most recently the Golden Eagles dropped a disappointing, 60-57, decision to league leader SEMO at home.
The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by Samaria Howard’s’ 19.7 points per game while Hannah Goolsby adds 9.3 points per outing. The next leading scorer is Yaktavia Hickson with 7.1 ppg.
As a team, TTU averages 60.0 ppg while shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from three-point range. The Golden Eagles are 4-7 in home games this season.
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.
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 continue OVC action with a match-up against cross-town rival Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 21. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the Curb Event Center. TSU and Belmont will match up for the 36th time with the Bruins holding a 25-10 lead. The teams split last season’s meeting as each team won on the other’s floor. BU claimed the first meeting, 64-62, in Gentry Center before the Lady Tigers downed the Bruins, 70-53, in the Curb Event Center.