WBB heads to Eastern Kentucky
Friday, January 28, 2011

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday with an OVC match-up at Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Tigers and Colonels are currently tied for ninth place in the OVC standings with a 2-8 league record.  

Following a loss to Morehead State Thursday night on the road, Tennessee State's losing streak has extended to six games. TSU will look to snap the skid with a win over EKU.

The Lady Tigers went down to the wire in the game against Morehead State. The contest wasn't decided until the final seconds as a lay-up with time winding down pushed MSU to the win.

Tayla Foster went 9-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range to lead TSU with 24 points. Meredith Stafford posted 15 while Kesi Hess added 14. Destiney Gaston finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds. This marked the first time that TSU had four players to score double-digits in one game this season.

Tennessee State is averaging 57.7 points per game while shooting 36.1 percent from the field, including 30.7 percent from three-point range. TSU is averaging 36.5 rebounds and 20.4 turnovers per game. The Lady Tigers turn in 11.8 assists, 7.2 steals, and 2.2 blocks per outing.

Live radio broadcast will be available on WTST and the game can also be seen on OVCsports.tv.

Prior to Eastern Kentucky's Thursday night win over Austin Peay, the Colonels had lost 10 straight contests. EKU defeated APSU 61-56 at home to snap the skid and pick up its second conference win of the season.

The Colonels have three players averaging double-digits in scoring led by Alex Jones' 13.9 ppg. Jones also pulls down 9.1 rpg for EKU. Brittany Coles turns in 13.1 ppg while Marie Carpenter adds 11.4 points per outing.

Eastern Kentucky is averaging 62.4 points per game while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from three-point range.  EKU shoots 72.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky will meet for the 48th time in the long series history. The Colonels hold a 32-15 advantage. The Lady Tigers claimed the first meeting of the season with a 62-52 win in the Gentry Center.

Lone senior Meredith Stafford is the only Lady Tiger averaging double-digits with 11.3 ppg. Freshman Tayla Foster (10.4 ppg) is the team's second leading scorer while Alana Morris (5.2 rpg) and Simone Hopes (4.9 rpg) lead the team in rebounding. UPCOMING

TSU will kick-off a three-game home stint beginning with a home contest vs. Murray State on Feb. 3. Game time is slated for 5:15 p.m. in the Gentry Center.