By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech women's basketball closes its 2017-18 campaign this week with a pair of home games, hosting Tennessee State and Jacksonville State.
Tech tips off with Tennessee State on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. CT and Jacksonville State on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles will honor seniors Asia Harper and Yaktavia "Shug" Hickson in a postgame ceremony on Saturday (between the end of the women's game and the start of the men's game), which is likely to begin around 7:30 p.m. CT.
- Youth Basketball Night – Any child wearing his or her basketball uniform will receive free admission.
- 2016-17 record: 10-16, 5-11 Ohio Valley Conference (tied for 12th in the regular season)
- Notables: Tennessee State grabbed its third conference victory with a 69-58 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and is now two games behind Murray State, which is ranked eighth in the conference standings, with two games to go in the regular season. Tennessee State could possibly tie with Murray State or both Murray State and Eastern Kentucky for the eighth spot in the OVC Tournament but cannot qualify for the tournament due to its loss to Murray State earlier in the year… TSU continues to rank toward the top of the league in free throw percentage, a statistic the team was dead last in just last season at 64.0 percent. The Lady Tigers stand at second in the OVC, shooting 75.4 percent from the free-throw line. Freshman Taylor Roberts leads the team and individually ranks fourth in the conference at 83.4 percent.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (17-10, 11-5 OVC)
- 2016-17 record: 13-15, 6-10 Ohio Valley Conference (finished 10th in the regular season)
- Notables: With its one-point win at Austin Peay last Saturday, Jacksonville State reached 11 conference wins this season to tie a school record. The 2015-16 Gamecocks went 11-5 back when the OVC played a 16-game schedule. JSU hosts Belmont, ranked 23rd in the AP top-25 poll, this coming Saturday before traveling to Cookeville… The Gamecocks have overcome fourth-quarter deficits of at least seven points in each of their last three games. JSU trailed by 10 in its most recent game at Austin Peay and won 51-50, by seven at Murray State and won 59-55 and by eight vs. Tennessee State and won 62-61. Jacksonville State's last loss came to Tech on Feb. 8 in Alabama by a score of 60-58.