LADY TIGER BASKETBALL DROPS HOME OPENER TO BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Lady Tiger basketball team (0-2, 0-0 OVC) got behind the eight ball early in its matchup with Birmingham Southern on Tuesday night and was unable to recover, falling 69-46 in its home opener at the Gentry Center. Despite outshooting the Panthers from the field, 56.4 percent to 30 percent, the Lady Tigers were unable to close the gap, falling behind by as many as 25. Birmingham Southern opened the first-ever matchup between the programs with a deafening 14-0 run after junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) scored the first points for Tennessee State. The Lady Tigers moved within five with 11 minutes left on the clock only to be halted by the three-point shooting of the Panthers. Lindsay Boyett was a perfect 3-for-3 in the first stanza. Tennessee State headed into the locker room down by 10, 32-22. Eager to bring its young record to .500, the Lady Tigers came out hungry after the break. Senior Odessa Kelly (Nashville, Tenn.) broke Tennessee State's drought at the 16:10 mark with a jumper in the paint. The bucket moved the Lady Tigers to within 18 but it would be the closest TSU would get to Birmingham Southern as the Panthers went on to take the game, 69-46. The Panthers had three players to score in the double digits - Candace Byrd (20), Ricka Spears (15), and Lindsay Boyett (11). Birmingham Southern also shot a blistering 80 percent from behind the arc. Senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) led Tennessee State with 18 points while Bailey led the squad with four rebounds. Kelly was the second-highest Lady Tiger scorer with eight points. As a team, Tennessee State shot just over 69 percent from the charity stripe, hitting 9 of 13 attempts. Nineteen of the Lady Tigers' points came from the bench. Tennessee State returns to action on Nov. 30 as it is on the road taking on UNC-Ashville. Game time is set for 1 p.m.