With the fall sports wrapping up, the second season of Tennessee
Tech athletics is about to begin as the Golden Eagles will host an
exhibition doubleheader Thursday, with the women's basketball team
taking on the Lady Lions of Bryan College at 5:30 p.m., in Eblen
The Lady Lions are 0-1 on the season as they lost their season
opener to Tennessee Temple 56-49.
"I'm excited to see our team out there on the court against
another team," head coach Sytia Messer said. "The team is pumped
about the game on Thursday and they are counting down the
"This won't be an easy roll over game against Bryan College,"
Messer continued. "They have a new coach and the players will have
a ton of energy when they come in here."
Last season Tennessee Tech defeated Tennessee Weslyan, 97-51
at the Hoop in TTU's lone exhibition game of the season. Junior
Glidden and Tacarra Hayes,
along with sophomore forward Tiara Hopper, each
netted 19 points, while sophomore guard Kellie Cook posted 13
Each of the aforementioned players is back with an additional
year of experience under their belt, as are junior forward Krystal Stirrup
and sophomore guards Katherine Barker
Cook. The seven returning players from last season not only
bring an additional year of experience, but 92 percent of the
team's scoring from a year ago.
Seven newcomers have also joined the ranks of the Golden
Eagles including a pair of transfer students in junior center Brittany
Darling and sophomore guard Lashay Davis.
Darling spent two seasons at Owens (Ohio) Community College, while
Davis spent last season as a member of the Western Kentucky Lady
Toppers and will not be eligible to play this season due to NCAA
"We're looking forward to seeing what our newcomers can do,"
Messer said. "We got a newcomer for every position and it will be
interesting to see what they can bring to the table."
The doubleheader will play host to a Gathering of Eagles event
in which the first 2,000 fans will get free admission to both
games, while everyone in attendance will be able to enjoy free
popcorn and Pepsi. It will also be First Tennessee Bank Poster
Night. Fans will be given a free poster and the teams will be
available after the games to give autographs.