PERFECT FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE, TENNESSEE TECH SHUTS DOWN THE LADY TIGERS
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State (1-17, 0-8 OVC) was unable to pull out a win in its final contest of a five-game homestand Saturday night at the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers fell to visiting Tennessee Tech (9-9, 5-3 OVC), 70-48. TTU tied an Ohio Valley Conference record for free-throws in a contest, going a perfect 22-for-22 from the charity stripe. That effort, partnered with a 50 percent (22-44) field-goal percentage for the game, kept the Lady Tigers from making a dent in the Golden Eaglette lead in the game. Tennessee Tech never gave up the lead after opening the game with a 13-0 run. A jumper by senior Odessa Kelly (Nashville, Tenn.) at 14:07 finally put the Lady Tigers on the board. Tennessee State would manage to move as close as 12 points after senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) netted back-to-back three-point shots before the Golden Eaglettes surged again and headed into the break with an 18-point lead, 38-20. In the second stanza, Tennessee State battled another scoring drought that would finally be halted by a three-pointer from junior KaSheena Powe (Montgomery, Ala.) at the 17:48 mark. The Lady Tigers could only get as close as 19 before a series of baskets from the charity stripe put Tennessee Tech ahead for good. The Golden Eaglettes were led in scoring by Courtney McFarlin, who dropped in 16 points with three rebounds. Also contributing in the double digits were Tynisha Alexander and Casey Bradford, who scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) was the lone Lady Tiger to notch a double digit score with 10 and five boards. Kelly dropped in nine points on the night. Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, February 9 as it travels to Kentucky to do battle with Morehead State. Game time is set for 5 p.m.