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Tech basketball hosts Southeast Missouri in OVC double-header

Women's Game Notes (PDF)
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Most spirited student group to receive $250 cash prize!

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's and women's basketball teams will host a double-header against Southeast Missouri Saturday night in Eblen Center, with the women's game tipping things off at 5:30 p.m. The most spirited student group in attendance will receive a 250 dollar cash prize. Groups should bring a sign or banner in order to receive recognition.

On the women’s side of things, the Golden Eagles hold an advantage against Southeast Missouri in the all-time series between the two programs. Tech has won 25 of their 43 meetings dating back to their first game, which took place during the 1991-92 season.

However, the Redhawks have had TTU’s number of late, winning each of the last six contests, including their 61-56 triumph over tech to begin the 2010 calendar year. The Golden Eagles erased a 13-point halftime deficit to tie the game late in the second half but could not complete the comeback as the Redhawks captured the five-point victory. Krystal Stirrup came off the bench to score 21 points for the Tech, while Rachel Glidden added 10.

SEMO has a 3-4 mark since its first game against Tech, picking up two wins against Jacksonville State and one against Eastern Kentucky. Tech has a 2-6 record since that time with its two wins coming against Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay.

On Thursday, both teams were in action as Southeast Missouri earned a road win at Jacksonville State, while the Golden Eagles fell against conference-leading Eastern Illinois.

The Redhawks will be without at least one of their starters from their first meeting with Tech as their leading scorer, Jasmine Davis, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Two other SEMO starters from the first meeting, Bailee Roberts and Lauren Sharpe, may also be forced to miss the action with injuries.

Going into Saturday’s game, Tech will be led by Tacarra Hayes, who is currently second in the OVC in scoring during conference play at 17.9 points per game. The guard finished with a team-high 19 points and four steals against Eastern Illinois on Thursday and leads the conference in steals per game (2.5 spg) in OVC-only games.

The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team will go look to complete a sweep of its four-game homestand when it hosts Southeast Missouri in Eblen Center Saturday night at 7:30. Tech is coming off wins against Austin Peay, Tennessee State, and Eastern Illinois, and has won four of its last five games.

Tech owns a 27-12 all-time advantage over SEMO, and coach Mike Sutton’s Golden Eagles are 14-2 against the Redhawks. The Golden Eagles have won the last four meetings, including an 82-73 victory in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 2. Tech has won 13 of the last 14 against SEMO.

The Redhawks have five different players who can be primary scoring options. Anthony Allison, Sam Pearson, Derek Thompson, Cameron Butler and Marland Smith are all averaging between 8.7 and 10.0 points for SEMO. The Redhawks shoot 42.6 percent from the field and average 65.3 points per game. They enter the contest with a 6-14 record overall and 3-7 mark in OVC play. They are 2-8 on the road this season.

Tech is led by sophomore Kevin Murphy, who is averaging 15.0 points per game. Senior Kevin Murphy is scoring 14.9 points per game, and scored the 1,000th point of his Tech career on Thursday night against Eastern Illinois. Davis is only the seventh active player in the Ohio Valley Conference to reach 1,000 points.

The Golden Eagles are 11-10 overall and 5-5 in the OVC. Tech is riding a three-game win streak and has moved up to fifth place in the OVC standings.

For ticket information contact the Golden Eagle athletics ticket office at (931) 372-3940 or visit TTUsports.com.