TENNESSEE STATE (9-11, 4-3 OVC)
UT MARTIN (12-7, 5-1 OVC)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27 | 6:00 P.M. | SKYHAWK ARENA | MARTIN, TN
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will continue its four-game road swing with a conference match-up against second place UT Martin on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Skyhawk Arena. The contest is a rematch of last year’s OVC Tournament Championship.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (9-11) will look to get back on track after dropping its second straight and falling to 4-3 in league play with an 80-65 loss to Belmont Sunday afternoon. While holding a perfect 7-0 record at home, TSU has struggled on the road. The Lady Tigers are now 1-9 in away contests.
Juniors Jayda Johnson (14.6 ppg) and I’mani Davis (13.9 ppg) lead TSU in scoring while senior Brianna Lawrence (10.8 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 35.8 percent from the field, including 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.4 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 faltered in the second half and dropped its second straight contest after falling to Belmont, 80-65, in the Curb Event Center. TSU was led in scoring by I’mani Davis who finished with 13 while Jayda Johnson and Diamond Beatty each tallied 12. Jordan Brightwell came off the bench to pull down a game-high 10 rebounds.
ABOUT UT MARTIN
UT Martin (12-7, 5-1 OVC) has only lost one conference game this season. After dropping the season opener to EKU, 70-61, the Skyhawks have won five straight, including their most recent victory over Southeast Missouri.
The Skyhawks are led in scoring by DaiJia Ruffin’s 14.1 points per game while Haley Howard (13.6 ppg) and Jessy Ward (12.3 ppg) also average double-digits for UTM.
UT Martin averages 68.6 points per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three-point range.
TSU and UT Martin will match up for the 60th time in the series history with UTM holding a 30-29 advantage. The Skyhawks claimed the only regular season meeting between the two teams, 64-58, in the Gentry Center. But TSU knocked off the favorites in the OVC Championship, 64-60, in overtime.
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.
TSU will continue conclude its road stint with an OVC match-up at Jacksonville State on Saturday, Jan. 30. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum. TSU and JSU will match-up for the 29th time with the series tied at 14-all. The teams split last year’s meetings with each squad winning on its home floor.