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November 9, 2013

The Eblen Center defended: Golden Eagles rout Tennessee Wesleyan in season opener at home

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Finding offense should not be a problem for the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team this season. In their season opener, as well as their home opener in the Eblen Center, the Golden Eagles saw 11 of 12 players who saw the court score tonight, including five who scored in double-digits. The Golden Eagles won 94-41.

"We have good balance offensively," said head coach Jim Davis. "We have players who are capable of scoring, so any particular night we could have two or three different players leading us."

However, the first few minutes of the game was not foreshadowing of that. The Golden Eagles as well as the Bulldogs had a hard time finding the bottom of the net. It wasn't until the 13:28 mark but when the Golden Eagles finally hit double-digit points on the scoreboard, they never looked back.

Tech hit nine three-pointers in the first half, and scored 18 points on fast breaks. They entered the half leading 43-17. 

They never relinquished their lead. Scoring was coming from all angles on Saturday night, including from Tech's defense. Forcing the Bulldogs to make 30 turnovers jumpstarted the Golden Eagles offense as they scored 31 points off turnovers. 

Senior Molly Heady started the night off hot. She hit five of six shots from beyond the arch in the first half. She led the team in scoring with 15 points.

The offense did not stop there as the Golden Eagles shot 53.1% from the field, including 50% from behind the arch.  Juniors Diamond Henderson and T'Keyah Williams, graduate student Kayla Brewer, and freshman Hannah Goolsby joined Heady in the double-digits.

Goolsby scored 14 points for the Golden Eagles. The Cookeville native pulled down three rebounds, and tallied three steals as well. Henderson dropped 12 points and added three steals, three rebounds and two assists. Brewer and Williams each added 11 points. Williams matched her points with her rebounds by recording her first double-double of the season.

Armeka Booker led the Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points, and Cody Houck added 14. Houck added a team-high six rebounds as well.

"It is going to get tougher," said Davis. "Our next two games are at Akron and at Mississippi State, so it's going to get tougher. But playing a game like this helps with team chemistry, everyone gets to play, everyone gets to score, and everyone is pulling for and cheering for each other."

The Golden Eagles head to the University of Akron on Tuesday for a 9:30 a.m. CT match-up. The Golden Eagles will be looking for revenge as they lost last year's match-up in Cookeville 78-67.

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