Golden Eagles wrap up regular season at home with Senior Night

Saturday's game is Senior Night at Tech as four play
their final regular season game at Eblen Center

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- With the No. 3 seed of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament locked up, the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team will look to keep its momentum going into the tournament as it hosts Murray State Saturday on Senior Night.

The opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m., with the men's game slated to follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.

With their 66-51 win over Eastern Kentucky last weekend, the Golden Eagles improved to 10-5 in league play and secured the No. 3 seed in the OVC Tournament and a first-round bye.

Murray State, which has two games remaining on its schedule including a game Thursday evening against Tennessee State, is currently tied with Eastern Kentucky for the No. 4 seed in the OVC Tournament, boasting a 7-7 conference record.

The Golden Eagles enter the weekend winners of eight of their last 10 games. Senior Tacarra Hayes and junior Jala Harris have led the Golden Eagle offense, averaging 14.5 and 13.6 points per game, respectively.

The Racers (11-16, 7-7 OVC) are led by Erica Burgess, who is averaging 16.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Mariah Robinson has also been a force for MSU, averaging 13.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

MSU stats do not include its game against TSU.

Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader are running out fast and can be purchased at the Athletic Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.

Golden Eagle fans are reminded to wear purple to the games.

Saturday's doubleheader is also Alumni Night and Senior Night, with the four seniors recognized about 10 minutes prior to tipoff at 5:20 p.m.

For Alumni Night, several dozen former players will be back for the event and will be recognized during halftime.

For Senior Night, Tech will say farewell to four seniors who are seeing their final action in Eblen Center.

During her two seasons at Tennessee Tech Brittany Darling has made a huge impact for the Golden Eagles. A seven-time OVC Newcomer of the Week, she has recorded six double-doubles and nearly 500 points, 400 rebounds and 65 blocks in 58 games. She is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and will be joined on the court by her parents Kim Darling and Ted Kristoff.

One of Tech's toughest and grittiest players over the last four seasons, Rachel Glidden has established herself as one of the team's main offensive threats since joining the team in 2008. Making 41 starts in 101 games, Glidden has tallied 561 points, 227 rebounds and 126 three-point field goals. She is majoring in Occupational Therapy and will be joined on the court by her mother Dorothy Coons.
 
One of the best players to ever play for the Golden Eagles, Tacarra Hayes has re-written the record books at Tech. A two-time all-OVC player and seven-time OVC Player of the Week, Hayes has recorded 12 career double-doubles and is one of only four Golden Eagles to record a triple-double. Her career totals in rebounds, assists and steals rank near the top of the all-time leaders at Tech and her 1,689 points place her in 10th place on the all-time scorers list. She is majoring in education and will be joined on the floor by her mother Twana Hayes and her uncles Trey and Trevent Hayes.
 
A versatile player who has played in 114 games since 2008, Krystal Stirrup has been a steady contributor for the Golden Eagles. Making 30 career starts, Stirrup has tallied 510 points, 358 rebounds and 76 steals during her four seasons at Tech. She is majoring in education and will be joined on the floor by her parents Geoffrey and Margarette Stirrup.
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