By Jocelyn VerVelde, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women's basketball team continues its road-warrior lifestyle as they head to Austin Peay Saturday for their third-straight, and 13th of the season on the road. They will take on the Lady Govs in a 3 p.m. CT showdown in the Dunn Center in the 90th contest between the two teams.
The Golden Eagles (7-12, 4-2) hold a 72-17 all-time lead on the Lady Govs, including a 73-51 home win last season. Junior guard Diamond Henderson is the lone double-digit scorer returning from that match-up for the Golden Eagles. She finished the game with 12 points and four rebounds.
The Lady Govs (6-13, 3-3) are riding a three-game hot streak as they are set to host Tech. Opening up conference play with three straight losses, APSU bounced back with wins over Morehead State, Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville. All three of those games were won on the road, while the Lady Govs are 2-6 at home this season. Sophomore guard Tiasha Gray leads the Lady Govs with 14.1 points, 4.5 boards, 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals. Also adding double-digit scoring is junior guard Kristen Stainback, who is the only APSU player to start all 19 games. Stainback is averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Statistically, the Golden Eagles are looking to continue off of a game where they shot 44.9% from the field, out-rebounded the opponent 35-31, forced the opponent into 15 turnovers, and received balanced scoring as Candace Parson, Molly Heady, and T'Keyah Williams, all of whom scored in double-digits. Parson finished with 13 and seven rebounds, Heady with 12 points and Williams with 11. They also saw a solid performance from freshman Shunice Herron, who distributed a career-best eight assists, as well as adding seven points, two boards and two steals. However, the gruesome-twosome of Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome of UT Martin had other plans as they orchestrated the defeat of the Golden Eagles, 102-78.
Tech will look to move up in the Ohio Valley Conference standings as they stand a half-game behind Eastern Kentucky (4-1) in the East division. Austin Peay is currently second in the West with a 3-3 league mark.
The game versus Austin Peay will be available on the Golden Eagle Sports Network via 106.1 FM The Eagle with Roger Ealey calling the action. It can also be seen on the OVC Digital Network.