WBB returns home to host Morehead State
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will return to its home court for the first time in nearly three weeks on Thursday, Jan.28 with a crucial OVC match-up against Morehead State.

The Lady Tigers (7-11, 4-5 OVC) are coming off of a huge, 65-62, win at Tennessee Tech on Saturday. With the victory, TSU picked up its first road win of the season. Oby Okafor led all scorers with 22 points in addition to eight rebounds. Nikki Rumph also posted double-digits with 11.

Overall, the Lady Tigers are averaging 61.3 ppg while shooting 35.9 percent from the field. TSU is allowing opponents to score an average of 68.3 points a game and shoot better than 40 percent from the field.

Senior Oby Okafor is the Lady Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder with 15.3 points and 7.7 caroms a game. Although Okafor is the only player averaging double-digits, freshman Jasmin Shuler (15.0 ppg) and junior Meredith Stafford (11.0 ppg) have averaged double-digits over the past three contests.

TSU, currently in a tie for 5th place in the OVC, has won three straight at home and will look to keep the streak alive on Thursday.

Morehead State (14-7, 7-2 OVC) is currently in second place in the league standings and holds a 4-1 away record in the OVC. The Eagles' only two league losses came at the hand of Jacksonville State and Eastern Illinois. MSU is coming off of a 59-58 win at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Chynna Bozeman led MSU with 21 points while Courtney Lumpkin added 12. Ashar Harris recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the game.

As a team, Morehead is averaging 65.6 points a game while holding opponents to 58.7. The Eagles are shooting 36.6 percent from the field, including 34.1 percent from three point range. Bozeman leads the Eagles in scoring with 17.9 ppg while Tiffany Hamilton (12.0) and Lumpkin (10.3) also average double-digits.

Tennessee State and Morehead will meet for the 44th time with the Eagles holding a 27-16 advantage. MSU claimed the earlier meeting of the season at Johnson Arena, 61-47. Oby Okafor was the only player to reach double-digits in scoring with 12 points. TSU only shot 29 percent from the field, including a dismal 9.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Tigers only connected on 52.6 percent of their free-throws.

Hamilton led three double-digit scorers for Morehead with 16. Harris tallied 14 points and 10 boards while Bozeman scored 10. The Eagles were 21-of-58 from the field and nailed 84.6 percent of their free-throw attempts.

Thursday night's game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center. The game can be seen on OVCsports.tv.