TENNESSEE STATE (8-10, 3-5 OVC)
BELMONT (16-5, 8-0 OVC)
SATURDAY, JAN. 28 | 5:30 PM | GENTRY CENTER | NASHVILLE
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 with a match-up against league leader Belmont. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-10-, 3-5 OVC) is coming off a disappointing, 73-52, loss to SIU Edwardsville on Wednesday. TSU has dropped three of its last four contests and sits in eighth place in the OVC standings. TSU is 5-1 at home but has only managed a 2-8 mark on the road this season.
The Lady Tigers are averaging 65.2 points per contest while shooting 40.0 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three-point range. TSU is only shooting 63.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Jayda Johnson leads the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game while Olivia Jones (10.5 ppg) and I’mani Davis (10.0 ppg) also average double-digits for the Lady Tigers. Johnson, 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
Tennessee State suffered a disappointing, 73-52, loss to SIU Edwardsville on the road Wednesday afternoon. It was TSU’s fourth lowest point total of season and largest margin of loss in an OVC game. Scoring droughts doomed the Lady Tigers and they were not able to match the Cougars’ intensity. Jayda Johnson led TSU with 19 points while Kaliya Griffin finished the game with 13.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Belmont (16-5, 8-0) is undefeated in league play and has won 10-straight. The team’s last loss came to Fresno State on Nov. 25. The Bruins are most recently coming off an, 89-76, win over Tennessee Tech last Saturday. BU averages 75.5 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three-point range. Kylee Smith leads with team with 14.3 ppg while Darby Maggard (13.8 ppg) and Sally McCabe (12.0 ppg) also average double-digits.
TSU and Belmont will meet for the 39th time in the series history with the Bruins holding a 28-10 lead. Last season Belmont swept TSU, claiming both regular season meetings and a match-up in the opening round of the OVC tournament.
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 host Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.