EIU up next for WBB
Friday, February 26, 2010

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will play its final regular season game on Saturday against Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena.

The Lady Tigers are coming off of a crucial 76-63 win over Southeast Missouri on Thursday. Against the Redhawks, TSU shot season bests from the field (60 percent) and the three-point line (72.7 percent) and led by as many as 23 before going on to win.

Oby Okafor (15), Meredith Stafford (13), LaDona Pierce (13) and Nikki Rumph (10) each tallied double-digits in scoring while Destiney Gaston pulled down 10 rebounds.  

The victory gave TSU its second road win of the season and kept TSU in the hunt for an OVC tournament spot.

Overall, TSU is shooting 36.6 percent from the field while turning in 62.8 points a game. The Lady Tigers average 40.8 rebounds, 18.3 turnovers, 12.1 assists, 8.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per contest.

Oby Okafor is the team's leading scorer and rebounder with 14.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Meredith Stafford just recently started averaging double-digits with 10.1 ppg. She has posted double-figures in the last eight games, averaging 18.5 ppg over that time frame.

Eastern Illinois (20-9, 15-2 OVC) won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title outright on Thursday when they defeated Austin Peay, 78-47, at home.

Against APSU, Dominique Sims led the team with 18 points and 13 rebounds. TaKeyna Nixon, Sydney Mitchell and Mariah King also added double-figures scoring 12 points apiece.

EIU's only two OVC losses came to Austin Peay and UT Martin on the road. The Panthers are an undefeated 8-0 at home in league play.

EIU is averaging 70.4 ppg while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Panthers shoot 71.7 percent from the free-throw line and average 15.4 assists per game.

TaKeyna Nixon, the OVC's fifth leading scorer, turns in a team best 13.3 points a game. Maggie Kloak (12.4 ppg) and Dominique Sims (10.9 ppg) also average double-digits for the Panthers.

Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois will meet for the 31st time in the all-time series. EIU leads the series 20-10 and has won eight out of the last nine contests, including six straight.  TSU will look to split the season series with EIU as the Panthers defeated the Lady Tigers 70-57 earlier this season.

Game time is slated for 4 p.m. in Lantz Arena.