WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS IN SEASON OPENER TO WRIGHT STATE
DAYTON, Ohio --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team opened its 2003-04 campaign with a heartbreaking loss to Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The final score was 79-37 in favor of the Raiders. Wright State opened the second-ever meeting between the programs with a 14-0 run in the first half before junior Quanecia Fletcher (Moulton, Ala.) knocked down the Lady Tigers' first points of the game at the 11:28 mark. It would be another four minutes before another point was scored by Tennessee State. Junior Lakisha Clay (Detroit, Mich.) dropped in her first three-point shot of the season to move the Lady Tigers to within nine of the Raiders. Wright State surged offensively at the end of the first half, pulling away to a 17-point lead heading into the locker room. Clay opened the second stanza with a layup, attempting to rally her teammates but back-to-back layups by Wright State's Brittney Whiteside pushed the Raiders ahead by 23. A frustrated Lady Tiger squad saw five minutes tick off the clock before another point was scored, this time with a jumper by junior KaSheena Powe (Moulton, Ala.). Junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) was fouled two times in a row but was only able to convert two of the four shots. Wright State grabbed its biggest lead of the game, 46 points, with 6:16 left in regulation and did not look back as it cruised to a 79-37 victory over the Lady Tigers. Senior Odessa Kelly (Nashville, Tenn.) led Tennessee State with 14 points, including a 80 percent (8-10) performance from the free-throw line. Bailey grabbed 11 rebounds, eight of which were defensive, and two blocks. Clay, the squad's second-leading scorer for the night, contributed seven points and three steals. The Lady Tigers will have their home opener on Nov. 25 as they host Birmingham Southern at the Gentry Center. Game time is set of 5:45 p.m.