Redhawks Host Tennessee State In Thursday OVC Action
Jan. 16, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
TIP-OFF: Southeast Missouri State women's basketball opens a stretch of playing four of its next five games at the Show Me Center as it hosts Tennessee State in an Ohio Valley Conference game Thursday night at 5 p.m. The Redhawks have tallied a 7-1 home record this season, including a 3-0 mark in conference play, while the Lady Tigers are 3-2 away from Nashville. The game will be featured on the internet at OVCsports.tv and on KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM with Erik Sean and Jess Bolen calling the action.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Southeast looks to get back into the winning column with an 11-5 season record and a 6-2 record against OVC teams. The Redhawks had their eight-game winning streak snapped last Saturday after suffering a 75-60 loss at Austin Peay. Southeast is paced by junior forward/center Missy Whitney's 13.5 points per game and senior center Lachelle Lyles is the team leader with 16.6 rebounds a contest, which ranks her first in the OVC and NCAA Division I. Junior guard Ashley Lovelady (12.5 ppg) and sophomore guard Tarina Nixon (10.4 ppg) are ranked second and third on the team in scoring, respectively, while Nixon leads Southeast in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).
SCOUTING THE LADY TIGERS: Tennessee State heads into Thursday's contest against Southeast sporting a 4-11 record on the year, which includes a 1-6 mark in OVC play. The Lady Tigers claimed a commanding 79-21 win over Fisk University at home this past Monday night. Leading TSU is sophomore guard/forward Obi Okafor, who has amassed averages of 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. Sophomore guard Kendra Appling is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) while ranking first in steals (2.5 spg). Junior center Meesha Jackson is team's leader in field-goal percentage (.544) and blocked shots (1.5 bpg) in addition to being second in rebounds (6.6 rpg). Former Lady Tiger standout Tracee Jones is currently in her third season as head coach of her alma mater and has posted a career record of 15-56.
SERIES HISTORY: The Redhawks lead the all-time series against Tennessee State by a 20-11 margin, which includes a 67-55 win last month in Nashville. Southeast captured four of its last five meetings with the Lady Tigers at the Show Me Center and won last season's meeting by a score of 71-53. The Redhawks have produced a 10-4 lifetime ledger against TSU at home.
REDHAWKS VS. THE OVC: The Redhawks have produced a record of 159-125 against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference, which includes a 6-1 conference ledger this season thanks to its win at Murray State this past Monday. Southeast captured its first-ever OVC regular-season crown last season with a school best 16-4 record.
WHITNEY CLAIMS THIRD OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Junior Missy Whitney was tabbed as the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season on Monday after helping the Redhawks post a 1-1 record last week with averages of 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. The 6-2 native of Charleston, Mo., opened the week with a six-point, five-rebound performance at conference-leading Murray State before tallying a team-best 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds last Saturday at Austin Peay.
LYLES GAINS GROUND IN SCHOOL'S SINGLE-SEASON REBOUNDING LIST: Senior center Lachelle Lyles has moved to sixth place on the school's single-season rebounding list after grabbing 20 boards at Austin Peay last weekend. Lyles now has tallied 269 boards this season and is now eight caroms shy equaling the fifth-place mark of 277, currently held by former Southeast standout Pat Colon that she set in the 1983-84 season.
UP NEXT: Southeast concludes the week with another OVC rematch this Saturday against Tennessee Tech at the Show Me Center with a start time of 5 p.m.