Lady Tigers return to the road against Murray State
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Nashville --- The Lady Tigers will return to the road when they travel to Kentucky to face the Racers of Murray State on Thursday, Feb. 4 in the Regional Special Events Center at 5:15 p.m.

Tennessee State (8-12, 5-6 OVC) is coming off of a 61-54 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday and will look to win its second straight road contest. The Lady Tigers are currently tied for fourth place in the OVC race.  

TSU is averaging 61.5 points a game while allowing opponents to score 67.9 ppg. The Lady Tigers are shooting 35.8 percent from the field, including 27.7 percent from 3-point range. The Lady Tigers average 40.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 18.6 turnovers per contest.

Oby Okafor is the teams leading scorer and rebounder with 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Meredith Stafford, however, has averaged 16.0 ppg while Nikki Rumph has tallied 10.3 ppg over the past three outings.

Murray State (9-12, 4-6 OVC) is coming off of a 77-65 loss at UT Martin on Saturday. Against UTM, Kayla Lowe led the Racers with 21 points while Rachael Isom added 14.

The Racers went 1-2 on its three-game road swing at Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin. MSU lost to EIU, 64-57, before defeating SEMO, 90-72. The Racers concluded the road swing with a 77-65 loss to the Skyhawks.
 
As a team, Murray State is averaging 70.0 points per game while allowing opponents to score 68.7 ppg. The Racers are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, including 33.4 percent from beyond the arc. MSU pulls down 39.3 rebounds and averages 16.5 turnovers per game. Rachael Isom (12.8 ppg) and Kayla Vance (10.8 ppg) are the teams leading scorers.

Mallory Luckett leads the OVC and is ranked 29th in the nation in assists per game (5.4). The Racers are first in the league in scoring offense and blocked shots while ranking second in 3-point percentage & turnover margin.

Tennessee State and Murray State will meet for the 48th time in the all-time series. MSU leads the all-time series 29-19 and had won three straight before TSU's 82-72 victory in the Gentry Center earlier this season.

The game is scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off in the Regional Special Events Center and can be seen on OVCsports.tv.