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Sunday, December 11, 2016
ESPN3: TSU Cross-town Battle at Lipscomb Set for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET
GAMEDAY Following a 10-day break away from action during finals week, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will return to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec.11 at Lipscomb. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Allen Arena.
THE LADY TIGERS AT A GLANCE Tennessee State (1-5) has played five of its first six games on the road to begin the season and has lost three straight. The Lady Tigers have faced teams from the Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and SEC so far this season.
Through four games the Lady Tigers are averaging 55.3 points per contest while shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from three-point range. TSU is struggling from the free-throw line and is only shooting .583 from the charity stripe.
Seniors and All-OVC preseason selections Jayda Johnson (14.0 ppg) and I’mani Davis (11.7 ppg) lead the team in scoring while senior Diamond Beatty rounds out the top three scorers with 9.3 points per game. Johnson recently recorded her 1,000th career point. Olivia Jones will make her debut as a Lady Tiger versus Lipscomb.
The Lady Tigers are led by fifth year head coach and Hall of Famer, Larry Joe Inman.
LAST TIME OUT TSU trailed 21-10 after the first quarter and played from behind the rest of the way in an 86-36 loss to No. 22/16 Tennessee. Maxine Beard led TSU with seven points while Kaliya Griffin managed to score six. TSU shot 20 percent (13-of-65) from the field and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from three-point range.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT Lipscomb, a member of the Atlantic Sun is off to a 1-8 start. The Bisons have lost five straight and are recently coming off a 79-63 loss to SEMO on Tuesday. LU has also faced OVC members Murray State (L, 79-59), Belmont (L, 100-62) and Morehead State (L, 73-53).
SERIES INFORMATION TSU and Lipscomb will meet for the 25th time in the series history with the Lady Tigers holding a 20-4 lead. TSU claimed last year’s meeting 77-65 in the Gentry Center and has won two straight. The Lady Tigers have also won three of the last four contests.
COVERAGE Links for live stats, audio and video can be found under the schedule on tsutigers.com. Updates will also be posted during the game on Twitter (TSU_Tigers).
TSU will host Fisk on Dec. 14 before traveling to Florida to participate in the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson, Dec. 19-20. TSU will face Bethune Cookman on Monday before matching up with Stetson on Tuesday.
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