LADY TIGERS FALL IN CONSOLATION GAME OF LOBO SOUTHWEST SHOOTOUT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Tennessee State Lady Tigers (0-5, 0-0 OVC) finished a disappointing weekend at the Lobo Southwest Airlines Shootout with a 83-40 loss to Southern Utah (4-2, 0-0 Mid-Con) in the consolation game on Saturday night. TSU had dropped its opening night matchup with host-New Mexico on Friday, 89-18. After a 6-0 run by Southern Utah to open the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Tennessee State managed to pull within two behind a three-point shot by junior KaSheena Powe (Moulton, Ala.). That would be the closest the Lady Tigers would come to the hot shooting Thunderbirds. The Lady Tigers went into the locker room trailing Southern Utah, 35-15. Sophomore Denina Lockridge (Mt. Juliet, Tenn) came off the bench in the second stanza of action to record a team-high 10 points, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed five rebounds and one steal. However, Tennessee State was unable to convert down the stretch from the free-throw line, hitting only one of seven attempts, and fell to Southern Utah, 83-40. Senior Odessa Kelly (Nashville, Tenn.) contributed nine points, two steals and eight rebounds while junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) grabbed 10 boards and added two points. As a team, the Lady Tigers shot a dismal 27.6 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from behind the arc. Tennessee State also saw its three-game streak of outshooting its opponents fall as the Thunderbirds shot 57.1 percent to the Lady Tigers' 45.5 percent. Tennessee State returns to action on Dec. 15 as it hosts Middle Tennessee at the Gentry Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.