After a two game conference skid, the women’s golden eagle basketball team rebounded with a blowout against Austin Peay.
The Golden Eagles were led by the strong 3-point shooting of their senior guards, Kellie Cook and Jala Harris. Harris shot 5 for 6 from outside finishing with 17 points and a game high 8 assist. Cook ignited the offense, coming off the bench, going 5 for 6 in the first half and finished the game 7 for 9 from long range. She would finish with a game high and season high of 23.
Tech’s bench played extremely well almost outscoring the Lady Govs by themselves.
Dominate post play from T’Keyah Williams and Candace Parson helped Tech take away many second chance points, limiting Austin Peay to just 7. Along with Williams and Parson’s rebounding efforts Cook with 6 rebounds and Diamond Henderson’s 4 outrebound the Lady Govs by double digits.
After going up by seven at halftime, Tech was able to spark a second half scoring run behind the scoring of Henderson, the team’s leading scorer, who finished the contest with 12 points.
“After our last two conference loses, coach really emphasized better rebounding and defense”, says Junior Guard Henderson. “As a team, we have improved the most on playing with each other and capitalizing on our strengths. Our coaches are focusing now on getting more effort out of us on the court.”
During halftime of the game the nine pioneers of women’s athletics here at Tech were honored. They had returned to their alma mater for the weekend to speak to female student-athletes about the Title IX legislation and how it changes their lives forever.
Saturday nights win brings the Tech women’s team an 11-9 over record and a 5-3 record in Ohio Valley Conference play.
The women played again Tuesday night in the Eblen Center but came up short against Murray State. They are hoping to bounce back as they go on a quick two game road trip to Nashville against Belmont Saturday night and Tennessee State Tuesday night then returning home on February 9 to play Jacksonville State.