TENNESSEE STATE (3-13, 1-6 OVC)
vs MURRAY STATE (6-12, 2-5 OVC)
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 5:30 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn. | Gentry Center
GAMEDAY: Tennessee State women’s basketball will continue its four-game home stand with a contest versus Murray State on Saturday, Jan. 20. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. It will be TSU’s second game in three days.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE: Tennessee State (3-13, 1-6 OVC) is coming off a disappointing, 75-59, loss to Austin Peay at home.
Redshirt junior Tia Wooten is leading the team with an OVC best 20.7 points per game while freshman Taylor Roberts averages 14.6 points per outing. Kaliya Griffin (7.5 ppg) and Jaden Wrightsell (7.1 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU. Wooten and Roberts also lead the team in rebounding.
As a team, TSU is averaging 67.2 points per game while shooting 36.5 from the field and 27.5 percent from three-point range. The Lady Tigers are shooting 74.0 from the free-throw line.
In the OVC, TSU is third in offensive rebounding, steals and free-throw percentage.
LAST TIME OUT: After trailing by 12 early, TSU battled back to tie the game at halftime. The Lady Tigers, however, struggled in the second frame and got outscored 41-25 in the final two quarters. Tia Wooten finished the game with 22 points while Kaliya Griffin added 11. TSU made 23-of-30 from the free-throw line (76.7 percent).
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Murray State (6-12, 2-5 OVC) has dropped five of its last six and is most recently coming off a close 70-65 loss to defending OVC champion Belmont. The Racers average 68.2 points per game while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from three-point range. Ke’Shunan James, the OVC’s second leading scorer, averages 19.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg for the Racers. Bria Bethea registers 15.4 points per outing.
SERIES INFORMATION: Tennessee State and Murray State will match up for the 58th time in the series history with MSU leading 33-24. The Racers claimed last season’s meeting, 80-72, while TSU grabbed a 69-58 victory in the Gentry Center during the 2015-16 campaign.
COVERAGE: Links for live stats, radio and video can be found on the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (@tsuladytigers).
UP NEXT: Tennessee State will host SIUE in the second contest between the two teams this season, on Jan. 25 in the Gentry Center. The game is designated as Metro Schools Kid’s Day and will tip-off at 11 a.m.