Monday, February 9, 2004
RICHMOND, Ky. --- Despite an outstanding second half performance from the free-throw line which saw the Lady Tigers knock down just over 90 percent (10-11) of their shots, Tennessee State (1-19, 0-10 OVC) was unable to overcome a first stanza 14-point deficit and fell to Eastern Kentucky (10-11, 6-4 OVC) on Monday night in Richmond, Ky, 66-43. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind back-to-back layups by junior Lakisha Clay to open the only matchup between the programs this season. The Lady Colonels answered back and knotted the game at four before going on a 8-3 scoring run, putting them ahead 14-10 at the 10:41 mark. Tennessee State would pull within four points again before a four-minute drought saw EKU go up by as many as 12. The Lady Colonels scored four more unanswered points to close out the first half with a 34-20 lead. Eastern Kentucky came out of the locker room and returned the favor to the Lady Tigers by going on a 6-0 run. Despite picking up six second half steals, Tennessee State was unable to get any closer than 19 points. TSU saw four players go perfect from the charity stripe in the second half -- Clay (2-2), junior Quanecia Fletcher (2-2), sophomore Denina Lockridge (4-4) and rookie LaRaea Starr (2-2). The Lady Tigers were unable to stop the big force of Pam Garrett, who went on to notch 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half from shots made inside the paint. Also scoring in the double digits was Katie Kelly, who dropped in 13 points. Clay led all Tennessee State scorers with 19 points and four rebounds and three steals. Lockridge was the next highest scorer with six points and six rebounds. The Lady Tigers return to action this weekend for their final home weekend at the Gentry Center of the 2003-04 campaign. Thursday night, Tennessee State will host Eastern Illinois for a game beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday night, the women's basketball team will honor its three seniors (Odessa Kelly, Kisha Stewart and Zekeya Anderson) during the contest with Southeast Missouri State. Tip off is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

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