The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Belmont for the final home game of the regular season. In a crucial OVC match-up, the Lady Tigers will face the Bruins at 2:00 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (14-12, 11-4 OVC) won its sixth consecutive game after defeating Morehead State, 75-74, Wednesday night in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers are currently in third place in the OVC standings and have won five straight on the road. TSU is 5-3 in OVC games at home this season. The six-game OVC winning streak is the longest since the 1993-94 season.
The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by redshirt Senior Chelsea Hudson who averages 14.2 points per game. Hudson also leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 per outing while Briana Morrow pulls down a team second-best 6.2 rpg. I’mani Davis is TSU’s second leading scorer with 10.3 ppg as Brianna Morrow (8.1 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers.
TSU is shooting 37.8 percent from the field while averaging 66.7 points per outing. The Lady Tigers have struggled from the free-throw line, only connecting on 61.5 percent of their attempts but force opponents to 20.8 turnovers per game.
The Lady Tigers are led by third year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT
The game went down to the wire but TSU escaped with a 75-74 win over Morehead State Wednesday night in the Gentry Center. Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 20 points while I’mani Davis added 16. Rachel Allen finished with 10 points and six assists while Jayda Johnson came off the bench to also score 10. The Lady Tigers only went 5-of-9 from the free-throw line but held the advantage in bench points, 23-5. TSU also forced MSU into 18 turnovers and scored 20 points off of the miscues.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Belmont (13-15, 10-5 OVC) extended its winning streak to five games after defeating Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday. The Bruins beat the Lady Colonels, 84-70, in the Curb Event Center and have won nine of their last ten contests.
Jordyn Luffman leads BU in scoring with 11.7 points per game while Frankie Joubran (10.8 ppg) also averages double-digits. Sally McCabe is the third leading scorer on the team with 8.9 points per outing.
The Bruins are shooting .399 from the field while posting 63.2 points per contest. BU is shooting 31.4 percent from three-point range and 64.4 percent from the charity stripe.
TSU will match up with Belmont for the 35th time in the long series history with the Bruins holding a 25-9 advantage. BU claimed the first meeting of the season, 64-62, in the Gentry Center on Jan.24.
LAST TIME THEY MET
One final shot at the horn could not swing the see-saw game in favor of the Lady Tigers, as TSU fell to Belmont, 64-62, at home.
Brianna Lawrence (15 points) made two three-pointers in the final minute of the game to pull her team within two, but what would have been her game-winning buzzer beater fell just short.
Belmont had three scorers finish in double figures led by Sally McCabe who poured in a game-high 18.
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.