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Lady Tigers prepare to face Austin Peay
Friday, January 27, 2012
Lady Tigers prepare to face Austin Peay

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, January 28 for a crucial Ohio Valley Conference match-up against Austin Peay. The Lady Tigers will play their second road game of the week when they make the short trip to the Dunn Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

Tennessee State (7-13, 3-5 OVC) has dropped two of its last three, including the most recent loss on the road at Eastern Illinois. The Lady Tigers fell to the OVC leading Panthers, 88-73, in Lantz Arena. TSU has a 3-5 OVC mark and sits in eighth place in the standings. With a 1-8 road mark this season, the Lady Tigers will look to add one to the win column against Austin Peay.     

As a team, TSU is averaging 68.8 points per outing while shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 64.9 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.0 turnovers per game.

TSU averages 43.2 rebounds, 13.0 assists and 8.6 steals per game

Tennessee State outscored Eastern Illinois in the second half but it wasn't enough to overcome a 16-point first half deficit and hand the undefeated Panthers their first OVC loss of the season. Jasmin Shuler led TSU with 22 points while Donyeah Mayfield registered 10 points and eight rebounds.

Austin Peay (5-16, 2-6 OVC) has dropped four straight contests. The Lady Govs have wins over Eastern Kentucky and Murray State with losses to Tennessee State, Morehead State, Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville.

In APSU's most recent loss to SUIE, Whitney Hanley led the team with 25 points while Kaitlyn Hill recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jasmine Rayner only had five points but pulled down nine boards.

Overall, the Lady Govs average 61.9 points per game behind a .383 field goal percentage (.288 three-point range). Whitney Hanley averages 18.1 points per game to lead the team while Jasmine Rayner (8.6 ppg) and Meg Bussabarger (8.4 ppg) round out the top scorers for APSU.

Tennessee State and Austin Peay will meet for the 57th time in the long series history with APSU leading, 32-24. TSU claimed the first meeting of the season, 95-81, in the Gentry Center.

In the earlier meeting between TSU and APSU, four Lady Tigers scored in double-figures to help Tennessee State snap a three-game skid while Austin Peay dropped its third straight.

Tayla Foster led TSU with 22 points while Jasmin Shuler registered 21. Destiney Gaston recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Rachel Allen came off the bench to score 15 points and grab seven rebounds.

Whitney Hanley paced Austin Peay with 22 points while Jasmine Rayner (21), Meghan Bussabarger (13), and Kristen Stainback (11) also scored in double-digits.

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Jasmin Shuler, the reigning OVC player of the week,  leads TSU in scoring with 15.9 ppg while Tayla Foster (11.5 ppg) and Destiney Gaston (8.2 ppg) round out the top three scorers for the Lady Tigers. Foster is pulling down a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game while Gaston averages 4.8 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 27 blocks.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Martin, Tenn. to face the Skyhawks of UT Martin on Monday, Jan. 30 at 7:15 p.m.