Courtesy of Stephen Featherston, Assistant Director of Communications
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team will continue their two-game road stand as they head to Indianapolis to take on Butler. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in 15 years. Monday night’s contest marks the final game for TSU before the Thanksgiving break.
The Matchup: Tennessee State Tigers (2-2, 0-0 OVC) vs. Butler Bulldogs (1-2, 0-0 Big East)
Date/Time: Monday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET./ 6 p.m. CT.
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse || Indianapolis, IN.
SERIES INFORMATION: This will be just the third-ever matchup between TSU and Butler. The Bulldogs hold the all-time series lead winning both contests. The two schools last matched up 15 years ago on December 16, 2007, as Butler came away with the 72-62 win. The Bulldogs and Tigers first met up a year prior in Nashville with BU picking up the 85-57 victory.
SCOUTING BUTLER: The Bulldogs come into Monday night’s matchup averaging 71.0 points per game while giving up 69.3. Butler posted 84 points in their season-opening win over Chicago State but did not get past 70 points in their last two contests. The Bulldogs have done a good job shooting from long range as they are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. Anna Mortag leads the team in scoring with 12.0 ppg, followed by Rachel McLimore (11.0 ppg). Kelsy Taylor leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game.
GLASS CLEANER: Senior Sierra McCulloughposted a career-high 14 rebounds against Chattanooga on Wednesday night. It marked the third straight game where she pulled down double-digit boards as she posted back-to-back 10 rebound games against Kansas City and Trevecca. The senior forward leads the Tigers with 9.3 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the OVC.
SMOOTH TRANSITION: Through four games, true freshman Zyion Shannon has shown her ability to score and play strong defense at the D1 level. Shannon is fifth on the team in scoring with 7.3 points per game and leads the team with 12 steals. Her 12 steals and 3.0 steals per game rank second in the OVC. The local product and former Stewarts Creek star tallied 13 points and five steals in the win against Trevecca.
STARTER PRODUCTION: Four of TSU’s top scorers are in the starting lineup, all averaging 8.5 points or more per game. Gia Adams leads the group with 18.8 ppg, followed by Erica Haynes-Overton (10.5 ppg), Lyric Cole (9.3 ppg), and Saniah Parker (8.5 ppg).