The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will continue OVC action on Wednesday with a home game against Eastern Illinois. Game time for the conference tilt is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (4-8) snapped a two-game skid and began the Ohio Valley Conference season with a victory after defeating Southeast Missouri, 62-55, in the league opener.
Chelsea Hudson is leading the team in scoring with 14.2 points and a team second best 6.8 rpg. Briana Morrow is leading the team in rebounds with 7.4 rpg while Brianna Lawrence (8.1 ppg) and Rachel Allen (7.8 ppg) round out the top scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.7 percent from the field while averaging 62.6 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled shooting from the free-throw line, only connecting on 59.1 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 21.8 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lady Tigers defeated the Redhawks, 62-55, in the OVC opener. Tennessee State started slow but got it going and eventually built a 15-point lead on Southeast Missouri. TSU maintained the momentum until SEMO clawed from behind to pull even at 55-all with two minutes to play. A three-point play by Chelsea Hudson gave TSU a three-point cushion before four made free-throws sealed the win for the Lady Tigers. Briana Morrow led TSU with a career-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds for a double-double while Chelsea Hudson finished with 12 points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Eastern Illinois (5-10, 2-0) had dropped six straight contests before picking up to OVC wins to begin the conference season. EIU defeated Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.
In the most recent win over JSU, EIU escaped with a narrow, 66-63, win in Lantz Arena. Arnisha Thomas led all scorers with 22 points while Erica Brown added 20. Sabina Oroszova added 13.
As a team, the Panthers are averaging 58.2 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 29.0 percent from three-point range. EIU pulls down 33.9 rebounds per outing while posting 18.7 turnovers per game.
TSU and EIU will meet for the 49th time in the series history with the Panthers holding a 28-10 advantage. TSU dropped the only meeting between the teams last season, 80-70, in Lantz Arena.
TSU will hit the road to face SIU Edwardsville on Sat., Jan. 10 for the first contest of a three-game road stint. The Lady Tigers will also take on Murray State (Jan. 15) and Austin Peay (Jan. 17) before returning home.
Updates on the game will be available throughout the game on the official twitter page via @TSU_Tigers. Live stats and video through OVCDigitalNetwork.com will also be available. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.