LADY TIGERS HOST SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IN HOME OPENER
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
NASHVILLE --- Fresh off their first win of the young 2002-03 basketball season, the Tennessee State Lady Tigers will play their first home game as Southern Illinois visits the Gentry Center Wednesday (December 4). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. The Lady Tigers enter their home opener, coming off the consolation title of the University of Memphis Lady Tiger Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. TSU rolled past Mercer University 79-65 Saturday evening after losing to host Memphis in the first round contest on Friday. Lady Tiger LaToya Clay was named to the All-Tournament team for her play. Clay scored 33 points in the two games, including 17 in the win over Mercer. Newcomer Kisha Stewart tied Clay for Lady Tiger scoring honors in the victory. Four Lady Tigers are averaging in double digits after three games for TSU. Clay leads the pack at 12.3 points a game. Theresa Bowen is at 11.3 ppg, Sabrina Gordon at 10.7 ppg, and Odessa Kelly is at 10.0 ppg. The team’s lone senior, Tristin Johnson, leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg. Odessa Kelly is at 6.0 rpg. The Lady Tigers will be hosting a SIU team which defeated Tennessee Tech 70-66, posting a strong comeback in the game Sunday afternoon. SIU also sports a 1-2 mark having dropped decisions to DePaul and Kentucky before picking up the win over Tech. Following the game with SIU, the Lady Tigers will return to the road. TSU plays at Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon. ###