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Lady Tigers Continue OVC Play at Home versus Tech
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Lady Tigers Continue OVC Play at Home versus Tech
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will play its second game in three days when the Lady Tigers continue Ohio Valley Conference action Monday night against Tennessee Tech. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.    
Tennessee State is coming off a hard-fought, 78-76, win over OVC foe Jacksonville State on 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.   
Tennessee Tech has dropped two consecutive contests including its most recent, 62-53, loss to Belmont on Saturday. Tech is 4-11 overall with a 1-1 conference mark.
TTU’s OVC victory was against Jacksonville State.
In the loss to Belmont, Diamond Henderson scored over half of the team’s points with a game-high 29 points. Shunice Herron was the next leading scorer with eight points.
Overall, Tennessee Tech is led in scoring by Diamond Henderson with 17.6 points per game while T’Keyah Williams (9.8 ppg) and Candace Parson (8.9 ppg) round out the top scorers for Tech.
As a team, the Gamecocks average, 66.2 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from long range.
TSU will match-up with Tennessee Tech for the 59th time in the series history with Tech holding a, 48-10, lead. Last season, TTU claimed both contests and the Golden Eagles have won seven straight over the Lady Tigers. TSU’s last win over Tech was a, 65-62, victory in the Eblen Center on Jan. 23, 2010.
Although TSU dropped both games to Tennessee Tech last season, the contests were very close. In each game, that wasn’t decided until the final seconds, TSU fell by three points. TSU dropped an, 80-77, decision on the road before falling to Tech, 71-68, at home.
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 have a few days away from action before returning to the road to take on Southeast Missouri. The Lady Tigers will face the Redhawks on Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Show Me Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3PM.