1/2/2009 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Return to OVC Play This Weekend
Jan. 2, 2009
Tennessee Tech Game Notes
The Redhawks start the New Year in the midst of a four-game losing streak. However the good news is that the they begin 2009 with two Ohio Valley Conference road games. The Redhawks have not lost an OVC road game since February 3, 2007 and have won 13-straight OVC road contests.
First the Redhawks will travel to Cookeville, Tennessee to face Tennessee Tech on Saturday, January 3 with a 5:30 tip-off. On Monday, January 5 the Redhawks will conclude their month-long road trip at Jacksonville, Alabama against Jacksonville State.
The Redhawks (4-8) continued their struggles away from the Show Me Center as they fell to 0-5 away from their home arena as they fell to Mizzou 60-53 in Columbia, Missouri. The Tigers used a 29-2 run to start the game to easily dispatch the Redhawks.
Crysta Glenn led the Redhawks with five points and a game-high 10 rebounds. It was her second-straight game in which she has recorded 10 or more caroms. She is averaging 11.3 ppg and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game which also ranks third in the OVC.
Sonya Daugherty, a preseason All-OVC selection, ranks third on the team with a 11.1 ppg average while leading the team with 24 assists for a 2.4 average. Fellow All-OVC selection Tarina Nixon leads the team in scoring at 12.4 ppg despite sitting out the last three games due to injury.
Lauren Sharpe ranks second in the OVC in steals at 2.6 per game.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles head into the match-up losers of three straight with their most recent loss being a 63-61 non-conference home game vs. Memphis on a buzzer-beater. The Golden Eagles lead until the final seconds. Blair Bowens led the team with a game-high 17 points. Meagan Lyons finished with 13 points.
Last season the Golden Eagles finished ninth in the OVC with a record of 8-22 (7-13 OVC). They return three starters to a team that was picked seventh in the OVC Preseason Polls.
This season Bowens leads the team in scoring at 13.9 ppg. Lyons is averaging 10.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg while shooting nearly 50-percent. Jasmine White is the team’s leading rebounder at 6.6 per game.
Amy Brown is in her third season at the helm of the Golden Eagles after serving nine years as an assistant. She has a coaching record of 23-49 at Tennessee Tech.
The Redhawks trail in the series 25-11 but have won the last three meetings including sweeping the series last season.
In their first meeting last season the Redhawks came back in the second half and won a 66-60 at home. Rachel Blunt led the team with a game-high 18 points while Tarina Nixon scored 16 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Tierra Johnson chipped in with 10 points. Megan Lyons led the Golden Eagles with 14 points.
In their second meeting the Redhawks defense was the key as they forced 28 turnovers (18 of which were steals) in a 49-39 win at the Eblen Center. Missy Whitney finished with a game-high 18 points while Nixon scored 11 points. Marissa Hensley led the Golden Eagles with 16 points in the lowest scoring game in the rivalry’s history.