TENNESSEE STATE (8-11, 3-6 OVC)
EASTERN ILLINOIS (7-14, 3-6 OVC)
WEDNESDAY | FEB.1 | 5:30 P.M.
GENTRY CENTER | NASHVILLE, TN
In a pivotal OVC contest, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 versus Eastern Illinois at home. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center for the Breast Cancer Awareness game. The Lady Tigers will be wearing their pink jerseys in the Play 4 Kay game.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (8-11-, 3-6 OVC) is coming off its second consecutive loss after falling to Belmont, 70-60, at home Saturday night. TSU has dropped four of its last five contests and sits in 9th place in the OVC standings. TSU is 5-2 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 fell behind by as many as 20 points before clawing back to within eight. The Lady Tigers, however, fell short at home to Belmont, 70-60, for their second consecutive loss. Jayda Johnson led TSU with 16 points while I’mani Davis added 12. TSU was outrebounded 36-29 and shot 39.3 percent from the field in the game. TSU was outscored 19-7 in the second quarter.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Eastern Illinois (7-14, 3-6 OVC) is most recently coming off a 75-59 loss at home to SIU Edwardsville but has won two of its last three. The Panthers have four players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Grace Lennox’s 15.9 ppg. Erica Brown (11.7 ppg), Allison Van Dyke (10.5 ppg), Jalisa Smith (10.3 ppg) also average double-digits. As a team, EIU averages 66.9 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from three-point range.
TSU and EIU will meet for the 41st time in the series history with EIU holding a 28-12 advantage. TSU won last year’s contest and has won two 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 make the trip to Clarksville to face Austin Peay on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Dunn Center.