LADY TIGERS PUT AWAY BY SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE IN FIRST MATCHUP OF THE SEASON
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team (0-12, 0-3 OVC) was handed its first loss by a team who scored more than 100 points in its 2003-04 campaign on Thursday evening in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Lady Tigers fell to the Otahkians of Southeast Missouri State (7-7, 2-1 OVC), 102-45. The Lady Tigers was held up by the good shooting of the Otahkians inside the paint in the first stanza. Southeast Missouri State jumped out to a 14-4 lead by the 14:40 mark. The Otahkians continued their scoring onslaught throughout the first half, allowing Tennessee State to only get as close as 11 points before the Chandra Brown show began and put SEMO ahead by as many as 28. She recorded 16 points in the first half alone, going 8-for-9 from the floor. Close behind her was Brandi Russia, who added 11 first half points in only nine minutes on the hardwood. Junior KaSheena Powe (Moulton, Ala.) knocked down Tennessee State's lone shot from behind the arc at 18:05, which would be the only one for the Lady Tigers in the entire contest. At the break, the Otahkians were leading 54-26, marking the first time that an opponent had scored more than 50 points in the first half against Tennessee State University this season. In the second stanza, Tennessee State managed to pull to within 35 points, 71-36, at the 12:24 mark before Jessica Aebi and Sami Jo Cotton unleashed a series of three-pointers that pushed the Otahkians ahead for good. Southeast Missouri State dropped in 15 of 26 attempts from behind the three-point arc on the night. Brown recorded a game-high 22 points, including going 10-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) dropped in a team-high 10 points and junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) grabbed five rebounds. Junior Lakisha Clay (Detroit, Mich.) went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line en route to contributing eight points in the contest. The Lady Tigers conclude their first Ohio Valley Conference road trip on Saturday, January 17 as they travel to Charleston, Ill. to take on the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. Game time is set for 2:05 p.m.