Tennessee Tech up next for the Lady Tigers
Friday, January 22, 2010

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will play the final contest of a three-game road swing on Saturday when the Lady Tigers take on the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech.  

The Lady Tigers (6-11, 3-5 OVC) will be looking to end their current road slump and pick up the first road win of the season. In order to do that, TSU will have to step up its defensive intensity.

The Lady Tigers are allowing opponents to score nearly 70 points a game while shooting better than 40 percent from the field. TSU shoots 35 percent from the field and averages 61.1 points per outing.

Oby Okafor is the only Lady Tiger averaging double figures with 14.9 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 per contest. Freshman Jasmin Shuler, however, has averaged 16.0 ppg over the past three games. LaDona Pierce leads TSU in assists (4.2) and steals (1.4) per game.

The Lady Tigers most recently dropped an 82-75 decision in overtime to Jacksonville State, despite battling back from a 15-point deficit. Meredith Stafford led TSU with a career-high 19 points while Oby Okafor added 18. Jasmin Shuler finished with 17.

Tennessee Tech (8-10, 3-5 OVC) is coming off of a huge 77-56 win over Austin Peay on Thursday night. The Golden Eagles got a career-best 39 points from sophomore guard Tacarra Hayes while sophomore forward Krystal Stirrup matched her career-high with 21 points. Kellie Cook led TTU with 10 rebounds.

TTU had dropped two straight before the victory over APSU. The Golden Eagles also have OVC wins over Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State.

Tech is averaging 65.8 points a game while shooting 38.4 percent from the field. Tacarra Hayes leads the team with 16.5 ppg while Kellie Cook adds 13.0 a game.

Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech will meet for the 51st time in the long all-time series. Tech has dominated the series, 41-9, but TSU has won three out of the last four contests. Last season, TSU swept Tech by defeating the Golden Eagles 79-75 in overtime at the Gentry Center and picking up a 67-57 win at the Eblen Center.

Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Eblen Center. The game can be seen on OVCsports.tv.