Lady Tigers Looking to Get in Win Column against Cumberland
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will look to pick up its first win of the season against Cumberland on Wednesday, Nov.25 in the Gentry Center at 7 p.m.

After opening the season with a loss a Jackson State, Tennessee State (0-3) dropped two at the Maggie Dixon Classic hosted by DePaul University. TSU fell to San Diego, 79-45, on Friday before coming up on the short end of a 92-73 decision to Cornell on Saturday.

Senior Oby Okafor led TSU in scoring over the weekend and recorded her 24th career double-double. In the consolation game against Cornell, she posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, nine of which were offensive.

As a team, Tennessee State is struggling offensively, only posting 60.3 points per game and a .362 shooting percentage. The Lady Tigers are also struggling from three-point range (28 percent) and the free-throw line (49 percent).

TSU is allowing its opponents to score 81.7 points a game and shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

Cumberland (3-2) averages 65.6 points a game is shooting 40 percent from the field. The Bulldogs are shooting 35 percent from three-point range and 67 percent from the charity stripe. CU has wins over Hiwassee College, Bryan College and Fisk University. The Bulldogs have dropped contests to St. Catharine College and Talladega College.

Tennessee State and Cumberland will meet for only the third time in the short series history. The series is tied 1-1, with TSU claiming the last meeting 99-46 in the Gentry Center. TSU lost the battle of the boards 42-31 but forced CU into 37 turnovers. The Lady Tigers shot 53 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Wednesday's contest, slated to tip-off at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center, marks the first of three food drives that will be held during the TSU basketball games. Admission to the game will be free with the donation of non-perishable food items.