Hoops teams open season play Saturday

The Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin their 2008-2009 campaigns with a doubleheader on Saturday at the Hooper Eblen Center. The first game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. as the women take on the 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. That game will be followed by the men, facing the Bryan College Lions (2-1).

The women’s team, coached by Amy Brown, will face a powerful challenge early as they host Louisville.

The Golden Eagle starters had an impressive performance in their exhibition game as they hosted Tusculum on Monday.

Jasmine White, Vivian Nwosu, Blair Bowens, Meagan Lyons, and Allison Price combined for a total of 56 points, 19 rebounds, and 14 steals.

This will also be the first game of the season for the Cardinals, who are coming off of 90+ point performances in their two exhibition games.

Louisville is led by senior Angel McCoughtry who was named a pre-season Associated Press All-American.

McCoughtry scored 29 points in the two exhibition events against Northern Kentucky and the ASGR All-Stars.

Men’s coach Mike Sutton had his team tuned up for their exhibition game on Monday, as they defeated Anderson University by a score of 91-56.

The Tech men pulled away from the Trojans in the end, outscoring Anderson in the second half by 28 points.

Sophomore Alex Davis led the way for Tech, racking up 17 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of work.

Sutton cycled in 13 different players during the game, 12 of those put points on the board.

This week, the Golden Eagles look to start off the regular season with a win against Bryan College of the Appalachian Athletic Conference at 7:30 p.m.

Bryan is located in Dayton, Tenn. and has an enrollment of only 700 students.

The last time these two teams met, the Golden Eagles took the victory 79-45 in the 2004-05 season.

The Lions are coming off a 115-45 victory at home over Johnson Bible College.

As always, admission is free with a Tech ID. For information on purchasing single-game or season tickets, call the ticket office at 372-3940.