DISMAL FIELD SHOOTING DOES IN LADY TIGERS
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team (0-7, 0-0 OVC) could not overcome lackluster shooting to defeat visiting Alabama A&M (3-3, 0-0 SWAC) at the Gentry Center on Thursday night. The final score of the contest was 69-43 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs. Alabama A&M opened the seventh-ever matchup of the two programs with a 15-0 run. Sophomore Denina Lockridge (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) broke the ice for the Lady Tigers with a layup at the 11:13 mark. Tennessee State remained cold from the floor throughout the first half, trailing by as many as 25 before the break, 35-10. The Lady Tigers shot a dismal 12.5 percent (4-32) from the floor at the end of the first stanza compared to 41.2 percent by Alabama A&M. Though AAMU only outscored the Lady Tigers by one point in the second half, 34-33, Tennessee State was still plagued by missed shots. The Lady Tigers were unable to establish a rhythm due to several turnovers. TSU inched as close as 22 points before the Lady Bulldogs pulled away for the 69-43 win. Tennessee State did manage to outrebound the Lady Bulldogs, 45-40. The Lady Tigers also did better in scoring from the bench, 25-21, and second chance points, 14-5. Alabama A&M was led by LaShowann Smith, who dropped in 17 points. The Lady Bulldogs also had two other double digit scorers. The Lady Tigers' leading scorer was junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio), who contributed eight points. One point behind her was classmate Quanecia Fletcher (Moulton, Ala.) with seven. Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday afternoon as it takes on Jackson State in its final game of 2003. Game time is set for 3 p.m.).