Tech women’s basketball hosts in-state rival MTSU Tuesday
The home stand continues for the Tech women’s basketball team as they host longtime in-state rival Middle Tennessee State University Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hooper Eblen Center.
The game will be the first major test of intensity and skill for the team, with MTSU beating the University of Memphis Tigers along with the rivalry between MTSU and Tech. Fans should prepare for an intense game from both sides.
“In normal game preparation we try to ratchet up the intensity and pressure compared to a rivalry game, which is more mental,” Jim Davis, head women’s basketball coach, said.
The MTSU game will be the fifth out of seven straight pivotal home games inside the Hooper Eblen Center.
“It’s a huge advantage playing seven of first eight games because it’s like prepping a team of 16 freshmen because everything is new out there in the friendly confines of the Hoop with student support,” Davis said.
Not only is the MTSU game pivotal for the women, but it also leads off the second doubleheader of the year. Davis said he enjoys when the team leads off a doubleheader because of the changed atmosphere.
“It helps us get a crowd,” Davis said. “They can be our sixth man.”
Men’s basketball crushes Crowley’s Ridge
The Golden Eagle men’s basketball team started its season off right with a 107-38 win Saturday at the Hoop over Crowley’s Ridge College.
The small Christian college out of Arkansas was no match for Tech’s balanced and fast-paced offense.
The Golden Eagles took a 68-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, things did not get any better for the Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge after the break.
The Pioneers were held to only nine points in the second half while Tech continued to put up 39 more points to complete the 107-38 shellacking.
Pre-season All-Ohio Valley Conference guard Jud Dillard led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 25 points in 24 minutes of play.
The Golden Eagles will travel to East Tennessee State University tomorrow for a 3 p.m. matchup.