Lady Tigers Picked Fourth, Appling & Okafor Named to Preseason Team
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Nashville --- Seniors Kendra Appling and Oby Okafor were named to the 2008-09 OVC Preseason team while Tennessee State was picked to finish fourth in the conference.

 

Kendra Appling, a 2007-08 All-OVC first team selection, led the Lady Tigers in points (17.7 ppg) and steals (2.6 spg) last season and ranked 45th in the nation in scoring. She also recorded a career-high 50 points against Jacksonville State, the NCAA’s most points scored in a single-game last season. Appling has 1,051 career points.

 

2007-08 All-OVC second team member Oby Okafor averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Lady Tigers last season, pulling down a league leading 4.6 offensive boards per contest. She scored in double-digits in all but three games last season and recorded 11 double-doubles. Okafor has a career total of 1,217 points and 616 rebounds.

 

The Lady Tigers finished the OVC race in fifth place last season and return 11 players from that squad. Louisville transfer, Jasmine Smith is the only newcomer to join the team this season.

 

After facing Bluefield College in an exhibition game on Nov.11, TSU will officially kick off the 2008-09 season, on Friday, Nov. 14th, with a home game against Jackson State.

 

2008-09 OVC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

  

   1. Eastern Illinois (Six first-place votes)                     149

   2. Murray State (Eight first-place votes)                      144

   3. Southeast Missouri (Three first-place votes)         129

   4. Tennessee State (Three first-place votes)               124

   5. Jacksonville State                                                         88

   6. Morehead State                                                            83

   7. Tennessee Tech                                                             66

   8. Eastern Kentucky                                                          59

   9. Austin Peay                                                                    32

   10. UT Martin                                                                    26          

(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. Nine points awarded for a first-place vote, eight for second, etc.)

 

 

2008-09 PRESEASON ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

 

PLAYER, SCHOOL                                                    POS.                        CL.                     HT.         HOMETOWN

Rachel Galligan, Eastern Illinois*              F                                Sr.                      6’2         Bloomington, Illinois.

Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State#       G                               So.                     5’7         Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Ashley Hayes, Murray State*                        G/F                          Sr.                      5’10      Humboldt, Tennessee

Amber Guffey, Murray State*                       G                               Sr.                      5’8         Albany, Kentucky

Tarina Nixon, Southeast Missouri#           G                               Sr.                      5’6         Gilbert, Arizona

Kendra Appling, Tennessee State*            G                               Sr.                      5’7         Jackson, Georgia

Obiageli Okafor, Tennessee State#             G/F                          Sr.                      5’9         Rolla, Missouri

Sonya Daugherty, Southeast Missouri   G/F                          Sr.                      5’7         St. Louis, Missouri

Jolie Efezokhae, Jacksonville State          F                                So.                     6’1         Buford, Georgia

Phyllisha Mitchell, UT Martin                       F                                Sr.                      5’10      Memphis, Tennessee

 

* - 1st team All-OVC in 2007-08                   # - 2nd team All-OVC in 2007-08

OVC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ashley Hayes, Murray State