TENNESSEE STATE (10-15, 5-7 OVC)
EASTERN KENTUCKY (12-10, 6-5 OVC)
SAT, FEB. 13 | 4:00 PM ET | McBRAYER ARENA | RICHMOND, KY
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Eastern Kentucky. Game time for the conference match-up is set for 4:00 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State has struggled over the past several weeks, only winning one out of the last seven games. TSU was finally able to snap a five-game losing skid vs Morehead State but dropped the very next contest. The loss dropped TSU to 10-15 overall and 5-7 in the OVC.
Jayda Johnson leads the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15.5 points per game while grabbing 7.0 rebounds per game. I’mani Davis averages 13.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg while Brianna Lawrence rounds out the top scorers with 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing.
As a team, TSU is averaging 62.0 points per game while shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three-point range. From the free-throw line, TSU is shooting 65.2 percent.
The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State overcame a 15-point deficit to tie the game at the end of the third quarter but was outscored, 20-12, in the final frame and ultimately fell to Tennessee Tech, 64-56, Wednesday night in the Gentry Center. Jadya Johnson finished the game with 23 points and eight rebounds while Brianna Lawrence added 16. I’mani Davis notched her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
ABOUT EASTERN KENTUCKY
Eastern Kentucky (12-10, 6-5 OVC) has won two of its last three but is recently coming off a 72-61 loss to Belmont.
The Colonels are led in scoring by Jalen O’ Bannon who averages 17.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Shameekia Murray turns in 14.7 ppg and Michaela Hunter registers 12.0 ppg.
As a team, EKU averages 72.3 points per outing while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. The Colonels make 70 percent of their free-throw attempts.
EKU is currently in 5th place in the OVC standings.
TSU and EKU will match up for the 59th time in the series history with the Colonels holding a 38-20 advantage. EKU claimed the first meeting of the season 70-66 in the Gentry Center. Prior to the loss, TSU had won five straight over EKU.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU led by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter but a dismal final frame in which the Lady Tigers only managed to score nine points proved to be the difference. The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for TSU and handed the Lady Tigers their first home loss of the season. Johnson finished the game with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan Brightwell added 14 and I’mani Davis recorded 11. EKU was led in scoring by Jalen O’Bannon who posted a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Shameekia Murray (14) and Abby Wright (12) also scored double-digits.
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 return home for the second-to-last home game of the season on Feb. 20 with a match-up versus Jacksonville State. The game will also serve as the athletic department’s annual Courtside Dining.