WBB faces Morehead State in OVC action
Friday, December 17, 2010

The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Dec.19 in the Gentry Center against Morehead State. The Lady Tigers have dropped four straight and will look to end the skid against the Eagles.

Tennessee State (3-7, 0-2 OVC) is coming off a 73-63 loss to Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the Gentry Center.

Three Lady Tigers scored in double-digits led by Kim Haynes’ 15 points. Meredith Stafford and Kesi Hess added 11 points apiece while Alana Morris pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. 

Tennessee State is averaging 57.3 points per game while shooting 36.1 percent from the field. The Lady Tigers are shooting .361 from three-point range while posting a .711 percentage from the charity stripe. On average, TSU turns in 11.7 assists, 18.9 turnovers, 7.4 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game.

Senior Meredith Stafford is the only player averaging double-digits for the Lady Tigers with 11.3 points per game. Tayla Foster (8.1 ppg), Simone Hopes (6.7 ppg) and Kesi Hess (6.7 ppg) round out the top four leading scorers for TSU while Alana Morris (5.5 rpg) and Hopes (5.4 rpg) lead the team in rebounding.

Fans can listen to the game live on tsuradio.com as well as watch the game on OVCsports.tv. Live stats will also be available for the game.

Last week, Morehead State defeated SIU Edwardsville, 69-62, on the road. The win gave the Eagles their third straight 7-3 start in the first 10 games of the season. Chynna Bozeman paced the team with 22 points, including 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Courtney Lumpkin reached double-digits for the fourth straight game with 18 as she played the entire 40 minutes. Bozeman leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg while Ashar Harris is averaging a double-double with 13.0 ppg and 10.6 rpg. Courtney Lumpkin (11.2 ppg) rounds out the top three scorers.

Sunday will mark the 45th meeting between Tennessee State and Morehead State. The Eagles lead the overall series 28-16 and have won four of the last five meetings, including both contests last season. TSU fell to MSU 61-47 on the road before dropping a 76-65 decision to the Eagles in the Gentry Center.

Morehead State overcame a 12-point deficit and outscored Tennessee State 57-37 in the second half to hand the Lady Tigers a 76-65 loss in the Gentry Center.

Meredith Stafford led TSU with 22 points while Chynna Bozeman posted a game-high 30 points for the Eagles, knocking down 17-of-17 from the free-throw line.

In the second half, TSU built its lead up to 36-24. TSU was leading 39-27 when two free-throws by Bozeman sparked a rally that spanned over three minutes. The Eagles tied the game 42-42 at the 11:01 mark and took the lead on their next possession.

A lay-up by Simone Hopes briefly put TSU on top, 47-46, but MSU answered right back. Both teams traded the lead over the next couple of possessions. The Eagles were up 53-52 when two free-throws by Ashar Harris followed by a three point bomb from Tiffany Hamilton extended their advantage to 58-52 with 4:45 left to play.

TSU was unable to overcome the deficit. MSU hit 29-of-34 free-throws in the second half.

TSU will face Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. before closing out the year with a contest  on the road at ACC member Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.