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Lady Tigers Return to the Road to Face Redhawks
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Lady Tigers Return to the Road to Face Redhawks
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to the court against Southeast Missouri after a week away from action when the Lady Tigers face the Redhawks on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off for the conference match-up is slated for 3 p.m. in the Show Me Center.      
TSU’s most recent outing was a hard-fought, 78-76, win over OVC foe Jacksonville State last Saturday. The Lady Tigers overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Gamecocks in overtime. The win snapped TSU’s four-game losing streak moved the Lady Tigers to 4-11 overall.
TSU is averaging 66.0 points per outing while shooting 35.2 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.9 ppg) and I’mani Davis (7.1 ppg) round out the top 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.
For the first time this season, TSU had five players to score in double-digits as TSU picked up a, 78-76, win over Jacksonville State in overtime. Rachel Allen knocked down a shot with 2.7 seconds remaining to lift the Lady Tigers past the Gamecocks. Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 30 points and eight rebounds while Jayda Johnson added 11. Rachel Allen, Brianna Lawrence and Alana Morris each finished with 10.   
Southeast Missouri is coming off a 75-64 win over Austin Peay on the road. Prior to that, the Redhawks (5-10) dropped an OVC contest to Belmont for a 1-1 conference mark to begin the season.
In the loss to Belmont, senior Patricia Mack recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds while freshman Brianna Mitchell scored 12 points in 11 minutes against the Bruins.
Overall, Southeast Missouri is led in scoring by Olivia Hackman who averages 10.2 points per game. Kara Wright also leads the team with an average of 10.2 ppg. Rounding out the leaders for SEMO, Patricia Mack turns in 9.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing.
As a team, the Redhawks average, 62.7 points per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from long range.
TSU will match-up with Southeast Missouri for the 44th time with SEMO holding a, 24-19, lead. In the team’s only meeting last season, TSU defeated Southeast, 68-58, in the Gentry Center. The Redhawks’ last win was a, 50-39, victory in the Show Me Center on Feb. 4, 2012.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video will also be available for the games. Links can be found on under the schedule.
TSU will return to the Gentry Center to play the rescheduled TSU vs. Tennessee Tech game on January 16 before hosting Belmont on Saturday, Jan. 18. The Lady Tigers will then hit the road to take on Jacksonville State on Jan. 20.