TENNESSEE STATE (3-19, 1-11 OVC)
vs BELMONT (15-8, 10-2 OVC)
Thursday, Feb. 13 | 5:00 p.m.
Curb Event Center | Nashville, Tenn.
The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday, Feb.13 against Belmont. Game time for the crosstown match-up is slated for 5 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Tennessee State (3-19, 1-11 OVC) is coming off a 96-81 win over Murray State on Saturday. The victory was TSU’s first OVC win and snapped a 12-game losing streak.
Tennessee State is averaging 60.0 points per game while shooting 35.4 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from long range. TSU is shooting an OVC second-best 72.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Taylor Roberts leads the team in scoring with 12.3 ppg to go with 3.8 rpg. Jazmine Young is the second leading scorer with 11.5 ppg while Jaden Wrightsell is averaging just under double-digits with 9.1 ppg and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per outing.
LAST TIME OUT
Five players scored in double-digits as TSU picked up an impressive, 96-81, win over Murray State Saturday night in the Gentry Center. The win snapped a 12-game losing skid and earned TSU its first league win of the season. The game was a tightly contested battle that saw several lead changes in the first half. Towards the end of the second quarter, TSU used three straight steals and scores to capture a six point lead at the break. In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers were clicking on all cylinders. They used a 13-3 run to grab a 58-41 advantage and never relinquished the lead. Jaden Wrightsell led TSU with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds to go with six steals and three assists. Jazmine Young and Deaja Richardson each tallied 22 points while Taylor Roberts (11) and Andreana Wrister (10) also scored in double-digits. Richardson also dished out seven assists.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Belmont (15-8, 10-2 OVC) has won two straight and is most recently coming off a, 69-46, win over Austin Peay. BU’s only league losses were to UT Martin and Jacksonville State. The Bruins average 60.5 ppg while shooting 38. 6 percent from the field.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TSU dropped an 89-65 decision to Belmont on the annual Kids Day in Gentry Center. The game was closely contested from the onset but BU used scoring spurts in the second and third quarters to pull away. The Lady Tigers stayed with the Bruins in the fourth period but could not dig themselves out of the hole.
Belmont leads the all-time series 33-11. The Bruins claimed both games last year and have won nine straight over the Lady Tigers. TSU’S last win over BU was a 70-53 victory in 2015, the season that TSU won the OVC Championship.
The game will be on ESPN+ and 102.1 FM. Follow @tsuladytigers on Twitter and Instagram.
TSU hosts Tennessee Tech on Sat., Feb.15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.