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Women?s Basketball Heads to Tallahassee to Face FAMU
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Women?s Basketball Heads to Tallahassee to Face FAMU
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will conclude its season-opening road stint on Sunday when the Lady Tigers face the Rattlers of Florida A&M University. The contest will be TSU’s second in three days. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. ET at the Al Lawson Center. 
Tennessee State is coming off an impressive road win at Sun Belt member Troy University on Friday. The Lady Tigers defeated the Trojans, 77-71, to pick up the first win of the season.
After three games, TSU is averaging 66.0 points per outing while shooting 35.9 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 21.7 points per game while I’mani Davis (9.0 ppg) and Rachel Allen (8.7 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 picked up its first win of the season after knocking off Troy, 77-71, on the road. The Lady Tigers used a 15-3 run down the stretch to pull away from the Trojans. Chelsea Hudson recorded her second consecutive double-double with a 13 points and 13 rebounds while I’mani Davis also notched a double-double with a game-high 15 points to go with 11 boards. Alana Morris came off the bench to score 12 points and Rachel Allen chipped in 10. TSU shot 41.4 percent from the field, including 40.0 percent from three-point range. 
Florida A&M (2-1) is coming off a, 74-67, win over Southern University Friday night in the Al Lawson Center. FAMU also has a win over Jacksonville and loss to Troy.
In the win against SU, three players scored in double-digits led by Jasmine Grice’s 26 points. Kimberly Sparkman and TaNeka Rubin each tallied 13 while Jamie Foreman grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory. 
Following three contests, FAMU is averaging 77.0 points per game behind a 37.1 field goal percentage. The Rattlers are 17-of-51 (.333) from three-point range.
Grice (25.0 ppg), Rubin (15.0 ppg) and Sparkman (10.7 ppg) lead the Rattlers in scoring.
Tennessee State and Florida A&M will meet for the ninth time in the program’s history. TSU holds a 6-2 series advantage. In the last meeting between the two teams, TSU fell to FAMU, 90-75, in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers’ last win over the Rattlers was a 76-69 victory in the 2000-01 season.
FAMU capitalized on being in the bonus and built its advantage up to 32-19 behind a number of free-throws. TSU cut the deficit down to single digits with just over three minutes in the half but FAMU responded with a spurt that made its lead, 42-30.
Alana Morris buried a triple at the buzzer to make the halftime score, 46-35, in favor of the visitors. 
TSU opened up the second frame by outscoring FAMU 8-2 and pulled within five, 48-43, before the first media timeout.  The deficit went back up to double-digits when the Lady Tigers gave up five unanswered points.
The Lady Tigers continued to fight throughout the half but the Rattlers held off every TSU run attempt. After falling behind, 65-50, TSU hit a triple from the top of the key to bring TSU within 12 at the 3:51 mark. That, however, would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
Tennessee State went 28-of-77 (36.4 percent) from the field, including 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from three-point range. TSU shot a dismal 55 percent (11-of-20) from the free-throw line and lost the battle of the boards, 54-49.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers.
Tennessee State will finally have an opportunity to play on its home court on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Lady Tigers will host Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a non-conference match-up in the Gentry Center. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. TSU will once again return to the road against Ole Miss on Nov. 24.