The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25 versus Morehead State for the final home game of the regular season. The Lady Tigers will face the Eagles at 6:00 p.m. in the Gentry Center. Before tip-off four Lady Tigers will be honored for Senior Night.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (13-12, 10-4 OVC) won its fifth consecutive game after defeating Jacksonville State, 74-66, Saturday on the road. The Lady Tigers are currently in third place in the OVC standings and have won five straight on the road. TSU is 4-3 in OVC games at home this season.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by redshirt Senior Chelsea Hudson who averages 14.0 points per game. Hudson also leads the team in rebounding with 8.1 per outing while Briana Morrow pulls down a team second-best 6.3 rpg. I’mani Davis is TSU’s second leading scorer with 10.0 ppg as Brianna Lawrence (8.2 ppg) and Briana Morrow (8.2 ppg) round out the top three scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.6 percent from the field while averaging 66.4 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 61.6 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 20.9 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee State came out on top of a hard-fought overtime battle at Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Lady Tigers defeated the Gamecocks, 74-66, in Pete Mathews Coliseum after outscoring their opponents, 16-8, in the extra period. Five TSU players reached double-figures led by Chelsea Hudson (14) and Jayda Johnson (14). Rachel Allen, I’mani Davis and Briana Morrow each tallied 11. TSU outrebounded JSU, 49-36, and shot a scorching 71.4 percent from the field in overtime.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Morehead State (12-15, 8-6 OVC) had dropped three straight before defeating Tennessee Tech on Monday. The Eagles beat The Golden Eagles, 90-82, at home to end the three-game skid.
Almesha Jones leads MSU in scoring with 17.8 points per game while Shay Steele (13.6 ppg) also averages double-digits. Eriel McKee is the third leading scorer on the team with 11.8 points per outing.
The Eagles are shooting .411 from the field while posting 69.9 points per contest. MSU is shooting 28.2 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe.
TSU will match up with Morehead State for the 53rd time in the long series history with the Eagles holding a 30-22 advantage. TSU claimed the first meeting in Johnson Arena, 81-74, on Feb. 7.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU knocked down a season second-best 10 three-pointers in an, 81-74, victory over MSU.
Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 22 points behind a stellar shooting performance. The junior went 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range. I’mani Davis also reached double-digits with 14 points while Chelsea Hudson added 12. Rachel Allen posted her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Allen also only committed one turnover in the contest.
Morehead State had three players in double-figures led by Shay Steele’s 25 points. Almesha Jones scored 16 and Maiki Viela tallied 12.
The second half was a fiercely contested battle as neither team would let up. TSU was holding on to a slight, 65-64, lead when Brianna Lawrence buried her fifth triple of the game to give the Lady Tigers a four-point cushion.
A few possessions later, Rachel Allen found Lawrence in the corner for another long range bomb. MSU answered with a score on its trip down the floor and forced a TSU turnover on the next play.
The Lady Tigers maintained their composure and made timely free-throws down the stretch to secure the win.
TSU closes out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Belmont. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.