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Women's Basketball Returns to Action at Ole Miss on Sunday
Friday, November 22, 2013
Women's Basketball Returns to Action at Ole Miss on Sunday


The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Sunday when the Lady Tigers take on SEC member Ole Miss in non-conference action. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. in Tad Smith Coliseum.
Tennessee State is coming off a tough loss to Texas A&M Corpus on Thursday. The Lady Tigers dropped the contest, 76-74, at home. With the loss TSU fell to 1-4 overall.  
After five games, TSU is averaging 64.2points per outing while shooting 35.1 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game while Rachel Allen (9.4 ppg) and I’mani Davis (8.2 ppg) round out the top three scorers for TSU.
The Lady Tigers, under second year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned four letterwinners from last year’s squad and added eight newcomers, including seven freshmen, to the roster.
TSU finished last season with an overall record of 13-15 and a 9-7 conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released in October, TSU was predicted to finish fifth in the East Division standings.
Tennessee State controlled the tempo for most of the game but couldn’t come away with the win in a tough, 76-74, loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi at home. The Lady Tigers led by as many as 12 but saw the double-digit lead dissipate down the stretch. Three TSU players scored in double-figures led by Chelsea Hudson who had, a game-high 22 points. Rachel Allen finished the game with 16 while freshman Jemilah Leonard posted a career-high 11 points in the contest. Alana Morris hauled in eight rebounds.  
Ole Miss (1-4) opened the season up with a win over Jacksonville State (83-62) before dropping the next four. The Rebels’ last loss was against Washington State (79-65). Ole Miss has a game on Friday night before facing TSU on Sunday. 
In the loss to Washington State, Tia Faleru was the only player to score in double-digits as she led the team with 29 points. Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore each chipped in nine each.
Following five contests, Ole Miss is averaging 66.0 points per game behind a 32.7 field goal percentage. The Rebels are 19-of-107 (.178) from three-point range.
Faleru (13.6 ppg), McFarland (12.6 ppg) and Joseph (7.6 ppg) lead the Rebels in scoring.
Tennessee State and Ole Miss will meet for only the third time in the program’s history. Ole Miss holds a 2-0 series advantage. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Rebels defeated the Lady Tigers, 90-50, on Nov. 30, 2005.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats, audio and video (with a subscription) will also be available for the TSU vs. Ole Miss game. Links can be found on under the schedule.
TSU will return to the Gentry Center to face cross-town rival Lipscomb in a contest just before the Thanksgiving break. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.