TENNESSEE STATE (9-13, 4-5 OVC)
EASTERN KENTUCKY (11-9, 5-4 OVC)
WED., FEB. 3 | 11 A.M. | GENTRY CENTER |NASHVILLE, TN
After playing four consecutive games on the road, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return home to host Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. in the Gentry Center on Kid’s Day. Metro School Students K-12 get into the game for free.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (9-13) has now dropped four straight contests and has a 4-5 record in the OVC. The Lady Tigers, currently in 8th place in the OVC standings, are coming off a 69-55 road loss to Jacksonville State. While holding a perfect 7-0 record at home, TSU has struggled on the road. The Lady Tigers are now 1-11 in away contests.
Juniors Jayda Johnson (14.7 ppg) and I’mani Davis (13.0 ppg) lead TSU in scoring while senior Brianna Lawrence (11.0 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers. These three upperclassmen also lead the Lady Tigers in rebounding.
As a team, TSU is averaging 61.4 points per game and shooting 35.7 percent from the field, including 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 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 could not put the pieces together and dropped its fourth straight contest, falling to Jacksonville State, 69-55, on the road. Jayda Johnson led TSU with 17 points and seven rebounds while Brianna Lawrence added 14 points. Maxine Beard was the next leading scorer with six points to go with two assists off the bench. TSU shot a dismal 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range while only connecting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the free-throw line.
ABOUT EASTERN KENTUCKY
Eastern Kentucky is off to a 5-4 start in conference play with an overall record of 11-9. The Colonels are most recently coming off a, 100-93, overtime win versus Morehead State on Saturday.
EKU is currently in sixth place in the OVC standings and is led in scoring by Jalen O’Bannon’s 17.0 points per game. Shemeekia a Murray turns in 15.1 points per game while Michaela Hunter averages 12.6 points per outing.
As a team, Eastern Kentucky averages 73.0 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three-point range.
EKU is the only team that has defeated UT Martin (7-1) this season.
TSU and EKU will match up for the 58th time in the series history with the Colonels holding a 37-20 advantage. TSU, however, has won five-straight meetings including a sweep last season. EKU’s last win was Jan. 28, 2013.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Links for live stats, video and radio will also be available on tsutigers.com.
TSU will remain at home for a contest versus Morehead State on Feb. 6. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. on Greek Night.