Oby Okafor Named to the OVC Pre-season Team
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
October 10, 2007

NASHVILLE---In a poll voted on by the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball coaches and sports information directors, junior Oby Okafor was selected to the preseason All-OVC Second Team for the 2007-08 season.

Oby Okafor, a 5-9 forward from Rolla, Missouri led Tennessee State in rebounding and scoring last season with 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She finished the 2006-07 season ranked second in the OVC in offensive rebounding (4.14), sixth in scoring and eighth in overall rebounding. Okafor was the sole Lady Tiger to be named to the All-OVC team.

The Lady Tiger basketball team was selected to finish the 2007-08 season in 10th place following a vote by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Tennessee State returns nine players from last season and has four newcomers.

The Lady Tigers will officially kick-off the season at Ohio State on Wednesday, Nov.14 in Columbus, Ohio.

2007-08 OVC Women's Predicted Order of Finish
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

1. Southeast Misssouri (19 first-place votes) 199
2. Samford (Two first-place votes) 161
3. Murray State 155
4. Eastern Illinois (One first-place vote) 119
5. TennesseeTech 118
6. UT Martin 114
7. Eastern Kentucky 105
8. Morehead State 100
9. Austin Peay 69
10. Tennessee State 48
11. Jacksonville State 22


Player, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown
Rachel Galligan, Eastern Illinois* F Jr. 6'2 Bloomington, Illinois
Jessica Huffman, Eastern Illinois# G So. 5'7 Whiteland, Indiana
Crystal Jones, Eastern Kentucky# G Sr. 5'9 Indianapolis, Indiana
Amber Guffey, Murray State# G Jr. 5'8 Albany, Kentucky
Alex Munday, Samford* F Sr. 6'0 Knoxville, Tennessee
Missy Whitney, Southeast Missouri# F/C Sr. 6'2 Charleston, Missouri
Ashley N. Hayes, Murray State G/F Jr. 5'10 Humboldt, Tennessee
Sonya Daugherty, Southeast Missouri G/F Jr. 5'7 St. Louis, Missouri
Phyllisha Mitchell, UT Martin F/C Jr. 5'10 Memphis, Tennessee
Obiageli Okafor, Tennessee State G/F Jr. 5'9 Rolla, Missouri

* - 1st team All-OVC in 2006-07 # - 2nd team All-OVC in 2006-07
OVC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Missy Whitney, Southeast Missouri