The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to the road when the Lady Tigers face Jacksonville State in a rematch of last year's OVC tournament first round game. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (5-10) dropped its second straight on Monday night after suffering a hard-fought, 114-105, loss to the OVC defending champion UT Martin in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers have dropped five of their last six and are looking to pick up their first road win of the season.
As a team, TSU is averaging 68.5 points per outing while shooting 37.0 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from beyond the arc. TSU is currently shooting only 63.1 percent from the free-throw line while committing an average of 19.5 turnovers per game.
TSU averages 42.7 rebounds, 13.6 assists and 8.3 steals per game.
Jasmin Shuler leads TSU in scoring with 15.2 ppg while Tayla Foster (10.7 ppg) , Destiney Gaston (9.1 ppg) and Kesi Hess (6.7 ppg) round out the top four scorers for the Lady Tigers. Gaston is pulling down a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game while Foster averages 5.1 caroms per outing. Rachel Allen leads the team in assists while Gaston also paces TSU with 21 blocks.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State went down to the wire in the loss to UT Martin. The Lady Tigers fought hard but fell to the OVC defending champs, 114-105, Monday night in the Gentry Center. TSU led UTM, 52-43, at halftime but was outscored, 71-53, in the second frame. Jasmin Shuler led six double-digit scorers for TSU with 20 points while Kim Haynes added 16. Avery Jones came off the bench to score 15 followed by Rachel Allen's 14 and Kesi Hess' 13. Tayla Foster recorded a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Jacksonville State (3-10, 0-3 OVC) is on a seven game losing streak and has dropped 10 of its last 11 contests. The Gamecocks are most recently coming off a 66-48, loss to Southeast Missouri on the road.
In JSU's loss to SEMO, Danielle Vaughn led the Gamecocks with 20 points while Briana Morrow posted 9. Vaughn also pulled down 16 rebounds.
Overall, the Gamecocks average 56.6 points per game behind a .375 field goal percentage (.237 three-point range). Three players average double-figures in scoring led by Briana Morrow's 11.9 ppg. Destiney Lane averages 10.8 ppg while Danielle Vaughn turns in 10.1 per outing. Vaughn grabs 8.1 rpg.
TSU vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE
Tennessee State and Jacksonville State will meet for the 21st time in the short series history, with JSU holding a 12-8 lead over TSU. Last season, the teams split the regular season series with each team winning on the opponent's home floor. JSU broke the tie by defeating TSU 57-55 in the opening round of the 2011 OVC tournament.
LAST TIME THEY MET
In the last meeting between Tennessee State and Jacksonville State, the Lady Tigers saw their OVC tournament hopes slip away after squandering a 16-point first half lead. JSU opened up the second frame with a 20-4 run that erased the deficit. The game went down to the wire as TSU's final shot attempt to knot the score rolled off the rim.
TSU vs. Jacksonville State will be broadcast on OVCsports.tv. Fans can also follow live stats on jsugamecocksports.com.