The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will play the first contest of a two-game home stand on Thursday, Dec. 18 against Jacksonville. The non-conference match-up is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (2-6) snapped a four-game losing skid by defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 72-61, on the road Monday night. TSU had its best shooting performance of the season in the victory over TAMCC. The Lady Tigers hope to carry the momentum into Thursday as they are still searching for their first home win of the season.
Chelsea Hudson is leading the team in scoring with 13.6 points and a team second-best 6.8 rpg. Briana Morrow is leading the team in rebounds with 7.5 rpg while Rachel Allen (7.8 ppg) and Morrow (7.4 ppg) round out the top three scorers.
As a team, TSU is shooting 36.2 percent from the field while averaging 59.9 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled shooting from the free-throw line, only connecting on 59.1 percent of their attempts to start the season.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
TSU picked up a 72-61 road win at Texas A&M Corpus Christi to snap a four-game losing streak. TSU was shooting lights out from the field, especially from three-point range, and built a 23-point lead in the first half. The Lady Tiger offense struggled to open the second half and the Islanders cut the deficit down to just seven points. TSU, however, regained its composure and built the advantage back up to double-digits before going on to win. Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 14 points while Chelsea Hudson added 10. Rachel Allen, Jemilah Leonard and Jayda Johnson each scored nine points while Allen also dished out eight assists.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Jacksonville (3-5) is coming off a 76-64 win over Florida International. The Dolphins have won two of their last three.
In the win over FIU, LaDeyah Forte scored 18 points while Briona Brown added 17. Sherranda Reddick and Kayla Gordon each tallied nine points.
Sherranda Reddick (14. 1 ppg), Briona Brown (12.1 ppg) and Loliya Briggs (8.6 ppg) lead JU in scoring while Kimberly Dawkins pulls down a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game.
Jacksonville shoots 40.4 percent from the field but only 26.6 percent from three-point range. The Dolphins average 66.5 points, 41.1 rebounds and 18.3 turnovers per game.
Jacksonville holds a 1-0 series lead over Tennessee State. In the only meeting between to two teams, JU defeated TSU, 87-66, in Swisher Gymnasium last season.
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 on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. Links can be found on tsutigers.com under the schedule.
TSU will return to action on Saturday against Troy. The home contest is slated for a 6PM start in the Gentry Center. Following a short break for Christmas, the Lady Tigers will hit the road to face the Wildcats of Kentucky on Dec. 28.