TENNESSEE STATE (10-16, 5-8 OVC)
JACKSONVILLE STATE (10-16, 5-9 OVC)
In what could be deemed as a “must-win” situation, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 20 against Jacksonville State in a crucial OVC match-up. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. The night will also feature the annual Courtside Dining event.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State has dropped seven of its last eight contests and now sits in 9th place in the OVC standings with a league record of 5-8 and an overall mark of 10-16. The Lady Tigers, just out of OVC Tournament contention, are most recently coming off a, 78-67, loss to Eastern Kentucky on the road.
Jayda Johnson leads the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15.3 points per game while grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. I’mani Davis averages 13.0 ppg and 7.4 rpg while Brianna Lawrence rounds out the top scorers with 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per outing.
As a team, TSU is averaging 62.2 points per game while shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three-point range. From the free-throw line, TSU is shooting 64.7 percent.
The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State jumped out to a 13-5 lead before the offense went cold. The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 19 before falling to Eastern Kentucky, 78-67. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 19 points while I’mani Davis posted a double-double for the third consecutive game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jayda Johnson (11) and Samantha Palma (10) also reached double-digits for TSU. The Lady Tigers only shot 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free-throw line and gave up 33 bench points.
ABOUT JACKSONVILLE STATE
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks find themselves in a similar position as the Lady Tigers; fighting for a playoff spot. JSU (10-16) fell to 5-9 in league play and 10th place after most recently dropping a, 76-50, decision to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday.
JSU is led in scoring by Briana Benson’s 12.0 points per game while Tyler Phelion averages 9.0 ppg. Gretchen Morrison is the third leading scorer with 8.7 points per outing.
As a team the Gamecocks average 55.3 points per game while shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 30.1 percent from the free-throw line. JSU connects on 66.3 percent of its free-throws.
TSU and JSU will match-up for the 30th time in the series history with the Gamecocks leading, 15-14. JSU claimed the first meeting, 69-55, last month in Pete Mathews Coliseum on Jan. 30.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU trailed by five heading into the final frame but got outscored, 20-11, in the fourth quarter on the way to a 69-55 loss to Jacksonville State on the road. Jayda Johnson paced the Lady Tigers with 17 points while Brianna Lawrence notched 14. They were the only two players that reached double-digits. TSU shot 39.7 percent from the field, including a dismal 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers also struggled from the free-throw line with only a 42.9 percent clip from the charity stripe.
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 play the last regular season road game of the season with a match-up at Morehead State on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Johnson Arena. TSU and Morehead State will match up for the 56th time with MSU leading the series, 30-25. TSU claimed the first meeting of the season (Feb. 6) with a narrow, 78-76, win in the Gentry Center. TSU has won nine straight meetings while MSU’s last win was Jan. 27, 2011.