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NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Tennessee State Lady Tigers returned to the Gentry Center for the first time in 2013 and were victorious taking down Southeast Missouri State 68-58 in OVC action Monday night at the Gentry Center.

Kesi Hess led all players with 18 points, while Simone Hopes added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Big Blue.

Outside of the opening six minutes, TSU (6-9, 2-2 OVC) never trailed in the contest. SEMO (8-9, 2-2 OVC) was held to just six made field goals and 26 percent shooting in the first half. The Lady Tigers limited SEMO to just one made field goal in the final 7:30. The Redhawks were led by Jordan Hunter with 17 points and Ballie Roberts who tied a career-high 13 rebounds.

TSU ended the half on a 10-3 run take put them up 40-28 heading into the locker room.

The big advantage for the Lady Tigers was in the paint as they outscored SEMO 28-0 downlow in the first half and 40-16 in the game.

An Alana Morris layup early in the second half gave TSU their largest lead at 47-32 with 17:18 remaining.

The TSU defense was solid after the half giving up 30 points as the Redhawks never got closer than six points and shot just 33 percent for the game.

TSU has won four straight vs. SEMO at the Gentry Center with their last loss coming on Jan. 17, 2008. The loss snapped the Redhawks three game winning streak.

The Lady Tigers return to the court at Belmont on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.


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