TENNESSEE STATE (11-16, 6-8 OVC)
MOREHEAD STATE (9-19, 3-11 OVC)
In another important OVC match-up, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to the road to face Morehead State on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. in Johnson Arena.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State snapped a two-game losing skid with a 50-40 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Lady Tigers had lost seven of their last eight before the victory that put the team back in the top eight of the OVC standings.
Jayda Johnson leads the Lady Tigers in scoring with 15.2 points per game while grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. I’mani Davis averages 13.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg while Brianna Lawrence rounds out the top scorers with 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per outing.
As a team, TSU is averaging 61.8 points per game while shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three-point range. From the free-throw line, TSU is shooting 65.5 percent.
The Lady Tigers are led by fourth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State came out on top of a defensive battle against Jacksonville State and defeated the Gamecocks 50-40 in the Gentry Center Saturday night. I’mani Davis led the Lady Tigers with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds while Jayda Johnson finished the contest with 12 points. TSU only shot 27.6 percent (16-of-58) from the field but managed an 81 percent (17-of-21) clip from the free-throw line. The Lady Tigers forced 17 turnovers and recorded seven steals.
ABOUT JACKSONVILLE STATE
Morehead State (9-19, 3-11 OVC) averages a league best 81.0 points per game and has five players averaging double-digits in scoring. The Eagles are most recently coming off an, 89-77, loss to Eastern Kentucky at home on Saturday.
Brianna McQueen leads the team with 15.2 ppg, followed by Eriel McKee’s 13.7 points per outing. Shay Steele (13.1 ppg), Miranda Crockett (12.9 ppg) and Natalie Greenwell (11.2 ppg) also register double-figures.
As a team, MSU is shooting 40.2 percent from the field, including 31.6 percent from three-point range while connecting on 72.0 percent of its free-throw attempts.
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.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Senior Brianna Lawrence sank a floater at the buzzer to give TSU a, 78-76, victory over Morehead State in the Gentry Center. After Morehead State tied the game with five seconds remaining, Tennessee State had one more chance. The Lady Tigers made good on their opportunity and Lawrence knocked down the game winner just before the clock expired. Lawrence finished with 18 points and four steals while Jayda Johnson scored 17. I’mani Davis notched her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists and three blocks. Miranda Crockett led Morehead State with 20 points while Eriel McKee (17), Brianna McQueen (14) and Natalie Greenwell (12) also reached double-figures.
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 conclude the regular season with a home game versus Belmont on Feb. 28. Game time is set for noon in the Gentry Center for Senior Day. Brianna Lawrence, the lone senior on the team, will be honored before the start of the game. TSU and BU will match up for the 36th time with the Bruins holding a 26-10 lead in the series. Belmont claimed the first meeting of the season, 80-65, in the Curb Event Center on Jan. 23.