COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After a quick opening out of the gate Monday night, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles women’s cagers will look to keep things rolling Thursday as they take on the Lady Bisons of Lipscomb.
“Lipscomb is a balanced team that can shoot the three as well as any team we will face this season,” said head coach Sytia Messer. “Whenever you play an in-state rival, everyone steps up their game.”
This will be the third meeting between the Golden Eagles and the Bison, with Tennessee Tech owning the 2-0 advantage. TTU defeated Lipscomb, 72-55, in their first meeting during the 2008-09 season, and followed up with a 73-65 victory last season at the Hoop.
The Golden Eagles enter Thursday’s contest owners of a 1-0 record, with an 82-67 victory over Alabama A&M Monday night at Eblen Center. Against the Lady Bulldogs, junior Tacarra Hayes and sophomores Kellie Cook and Tiara Hopper each recorded a team-high 17 points, with Hayes and Hopper each going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
As a team, Tennessee Tech shot 46 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles also notched 10 steals and dished out 19 helpers, while forcing 16 Lady Bulldog turnovers.
In their game last season Tennessee Tech won a 73-65 decision behind a late second half surge keyed by Hayes, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the final five minutes. Kellie Cook added 14 points while, then sophomore Krystal Stirrup put up nine points and seven rebounds.
The opening tip against Lipscomb is set for Thursday at 5 p.m., at the Allen Arena, on the Lipscomb campus.
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