TENNESSEE STATE (2-10, 0-2 OVC)
vs UTM (6-7, 2-0 OVC)
Thursday, Jan. 9 | 5:30 p.m.
Skyhawk Arena | Martin, Tenn.
The Tennessee State women’s basketball team will return to the road for a two-game swing starting with a match-up at UT Martin on Thursday, Jan.9. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Skyhawk Arena.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (2-10) is still looking for its first conference win of the season. TSU is coming off a 76-63 loss to SIU Edwardsville. The Lady Tigers have dropped three straight.
Tennessee State is averaging 60.5 points per game while shooting 33.8 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from long range. TSU is shooting 71.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Taylor Roberts leads the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg to go with 4.5 rpg. Jazmine Young is the second leading scorer with 10.9 ppg while. Jaden Wrightsell is pulling down a team-best 5.9 rebounds per outing.
LAST TIME OUT
A slow start led to an early deficit that the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team could not overcome. TSU fell to SIU Edwardsville, 76-63, Saturday in the Gentry Center. TSU struggled in the first half and only managed to score a total of 22 points. Despite falling behind by 20 points, TSU continued to battle and cut the deficit down to six points midway through the fourth quarter. The home team matched SIUE point-for-point in the second half but it was not enough to get over the hump. Taylor Roberts led TSU with 18 points while Jazmine Young added 14.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
UT Martin (6-7, 2-0) is coming off two wins in the first week of OVC play against, Murray State (89-64) and Austin Peay (69-61). Chelsey Perry leads the Skyhawks in scoring with 19.6 ppg while Damiah Griffin (12.0 ppg) and Zaire Hicks (9.5 ppg) round out the top three scorers. As a team, UTM averages 63.2 ppg while shooting 38.9 percent from the field.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU played hard but ultimately fell to UT Martin, 83-60, in the Elam Center. Tennessee State stayed within striking distance for most of the game but UTM opened up the lead down the stretch. Tia Wooten, who played in her final game as a Lady Tiger, led TSU with 14 points while Taylor Roberts (10) also scored in double-digits.
TSU will match up with UTM for the 65th time in the series history with the Skyhawks holding a 35-29 lead. UTM claimed the last meeting and has won three straight contests.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Coverage links can be found on tsutigers.com. Follow @tsuladytigers on Twitter and Instagram.
TSU will continue its road stint at SEMO on Saturday. Tip-off slated for 2 p.m. in the Show Me Center.