Lady Tiger Basketball Ranks in the Nation
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Appling and Okafor Rank in three categories; Pierce ranks in assists 

Nashville --- Tennessee State women’s basketball ranks in the top 100 in four categories as a team and seven times individually according to the NCAA Division I final statistics.

TSU finished the season ranked 68th in field goal percentage (42.4), 73rd in steals per game (9.8) and 85th in assists per game (14.2).  The Lady Tigers also landed a 14th place spot on the 2007-08 game high rankings list after scoring a total of 104 points in the win over Eastern Kentucky on January 24.

Junior guard Kendra Appling, who was an All-OVC First Team selection, finished 45th in scoring at 17.7 points per game. She also ranked 60th in steals per game with 2.6.

On Feb.23 Appling posted a career-high 50 points against Jacksonville State. That performance was the most points scored in a single game by any Division I player last season, landing her the number one spot on the Individual Game High Rankings list.  Appling finished ahead of players such as Candice Wiggins (44) from Stanford and the nation’s scoring leader Amber Holt (44) of Middle Tennessee State.

Junior forward Oby Okafor finished the season ranked in the top 100 in three categories. The All-OVC second team selection ranked 60th in field goal percentage (50.4), 65th in scoring (16.9), and 88th in rebounding (8.3).

Sophomore point guard LaDona Pierce ranked 52nd in assists with 4.8 per game.

Team Rankings

Category

Rank

Actual

Field Goal Percentage

68th

.424

Steals Per Game

73rd

9.8

Assists Per Game

85th

14.2

 

Category

Rank

Actual

Game High Rankings

14th

104.0



Individual Rankings

Category

Player

Rank

Actual

Points Per Game

Kendra Appling

45th

17.7

Points Per Game

Oby Okafor

65th

16.9

Rebounds Per Game

Oby Okafor

88th

8.3

Steals Per Game

Kendra Appling

60th

2.6

Assists Per Game

LaDona Pierce

52nd

4.8

Field Goal Percentage

Oby Okafor

60th

.504

 

Category

Player

Rank

Actual

Individual Game High Rankings 

Kendra Appling

 1st

50