Dec. 5, 2007
Tennessee State (OVC Opener) Game Notes
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Tennessee State (2-5, 0-0) at
Southeast Missouri State (4-4, 0-0)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 - 5 p.m.
Show Me Center (7,000) - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Series History: Southeast leads 21-11
Last Meeting: SEMO, 64-46 (1/18/07)
Ishee vs. Tennessee State: 2-0
Radio: KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM -
Erik Sean (PBP), Jess Bolen (Color)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball kicks off the 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference schedule Thursday evening at the Show Me Center as it welcomes Tennessee State in the conference opener for both squads. The opening tip will take place at 5 p.m., and the game will be shown live via the internet at OVCSports.tv.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS:
The Redhawks head into the week with a 4-4 season ledger and have lost their last four games in a row, including Sunday's 51-41 loss at Big Ten power Purdue. Junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty currently leads Southeast in scoring (15.1 ppg), assists (2.6 apg) and steals (2.5 spg) in addition to ranking second in rebounds (5.6 rpg). Senior forward/center Missy Whitney is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 ppg while posting a team-leading six rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game with a .468 field-goal percentage. Senior guard Ashley Lovelady has tallied averages of 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals a game for the Redhawks.
SCOUTING THE LADY TIGERS:
Tennessee State heads into its conference opener Thursday with a record of 2-5 on the year. The Lady Tigers posted a 1-1 mark last weekend at the Gentry Center in Nashville with a 74-52 win over North Carolina Central before dropping a 67-56 decision to Belmont. Junior guard Kendra Appling has averaged 18.4 points and 2.1 steals per game while ranking second in assists at 2.3 per game and shooting a team-high 82 percent from the free-throw line. Junior guard/forward Obiageli Okafor, a preseason All-OVC Second Team selection, has posted a team-best 7.6 rebounds and is second on the Lady Tigers with 14.4 points per contest. Sophomore guard LaDona Pierce is the team's assist leader with an average of 4.4 helpers a game. Tracee Wells has produced a 20-70 career record in three-plus seasons as the head coach for Tennessee State.
Southeast holds a 21-11 ledger in the all-time series with Tennessee State and has claimed five of the last seven meetings. The Redhawks have produced an 11-4 record against the Lady Tigers in the Show Me Center since joining the OVC in 1991-92. Last season, Southeast captured the season series with TSU that included a 64-46 win at the SMC.
SOUTHEAST IN OVC-OPENING GAMES:
Southeast has notched a 9-7 mark when opening the Ohio Valley Conference schedule which includes winning its last three openers in a row. The Redhawks kicked off the 2006-07 conference season with a 67-53 victory at Tennessee State en route to claiming the second straight OVC regular-season championship.
A FRESHMAN FIRST:
Freshman guard/forward Lauren Sharpe earned her first NCAA Division I start at Purdue last weekend and made the most of her golden opportunity. The 6-0 native of Tipp City, Ohio tallied eight points and snagged three defensive rebounds in a season-best 34 minutes on the floor against the Boilermakers. She is averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds a game.
AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE!:
Sophomore Kaitlyn Peddie produced a pair of season highs with six rebounds and 16 minutes at Purdue last Sunday with four of her six caroms coming on the offensive end. The 6-1 forward out of Brisbane, Australia is averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest while shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line.
IN PERFECT COMPANY:
Second-year head coach John Ishee has amassed the second-best winning percentage in school history after 40 games following last Sunday's game at Purdue. Ishee has guided the Redhawks to win 72 percent of their games under his watch since 2006-07 with a 28-12 record. Former Southeast skipper Ed Arnzen holds the top spot in the category after winning 80 percent of his games with a 32-8 mark between the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons.
The Redhawks close their two-game homestand at the Show Me Center Saturday evening with an OVC contest against Tennessee Tech with a start time of 5 p.m.