NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Lady Tiger basketball team will open play in the University of Memphis Tournament against another group of Lady Tigers Friday night. Michigan State and Mercer are the other two teams set for this year’s field.
The TSU Lady Tigers will be making their fifth overall appearance in the event. The Lady Tigers have met the Memphis Lady Tigers twice in the tournament, both in the opening round. Tip off is 6 p.m. in Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the University of Memphis’ campus.
TSU defeated Memphis in 1988, 79-76, and Memphis won four years later, 82-75. The Tigers have also appeared in the event in 1997 and ’98.
This season, TSU Lady Tiger head coach Valencia Jordan, will be leading her group of Lady Tigers against a Memphis team which is off to a 2-0 start after wins over Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite Austin Peay and Louisiana-Lafayette.
TSU fell victim to a late first half surge that started late in the first half and continued into the start of the second half in the season opener last Saturday at Belmont. The seasoned Bruins team was able to record an 84-65 win.
Odessa Kelly and Markeice Harris each came off the bench to score 14 points for TSU. Newcomers Theresa Bowen and Kisha Stewart added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Michigan State and Mercer will meet in the other first round game following the battle of the Lady Tigers. Michigan State is 1-2 to start the season whil Mercer dropped its opener to Lipscomb earlier in the week.
The winners of the two games will meet in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday. The consolation game will be at 2:30 p.m.
WFSK-FM (88.1) will broadcast both TSU games in the Memphis Tournament. Air time will be 15 minutes prior to tipoff.