TENNESSEE STATE (5-5, 0-0 OVC)
MURRAY STATE (8-5, 0-0 OVC)
DEC. 31 | 1 P.M | CFSB CENTER | MURRAY, KY.
Following a break for the Christmas holiday, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action with the OVC opener at Murray State on Dec. 31. Game time for the league match-up is set for 1 p.m. in the CFSB Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (5-5), currently on a four-game winning streak, is coming off a successful outing at the 2016 Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson in DeLand, Fla. TSU went 2-0 in the tournament with wins over BCU and Stetson to claim the title. Jones (MVP) and Davis were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Tigers are averaging 63.1 points per contest while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from three-point range. TSU is only shooting 60.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Olivia Jones leads the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game while Jayda Johnson (13.2 ppg) and I’mani Davis (11.3 ppg) also average double-digits for the Lady Tigers. Jones and Davis are also the team’s leading rebounders.
The Lady Tigers are led by fifth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
TSU overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Stetson, 56-50, in the Championship game of the 2016 Hatter Classic. Olivia Jones finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds while Diamond Beatty added 10. Against BCU the day before, Jones turned in a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds while I’mani Davis (16), Kaliya Griffin (12) and Jayda Johnson (11) also scored in double-digits. TSU had two players, Olivia Jones and I’mani Davis, on the All-Tournament team.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Murray State has an overall record of 8-5 with a 5-1 mark at home. The Racers have won four of their last five games including most recently an, 80-62, victory over Mississippi Valley State on the road. The Racers post 75.8 points per game and have three players averaging double-digits in scoring. MSU will open the OVC slate with TSU on Dec. 31.
TSU will match up with Murray State for the 57th time in the series history with MSU leading, 32-24. TSU claimed last year’s meeting 69-58 in the Gentry Center. TSU has won four straight.
Links for live stats, audio and video can be found under the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (TSU_Tigers).
TSU will continue OVC action with a home game versus SEMO on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.