SECOND HALF HOLDS KEY FOR LADYTIGERS IN SETBACK AT BELMONT
NASHVILLE --- For the Tennessee State women's basketball team, an early season pattern was a key as it was again a tale of two halves for the Lady Tigers in a 75-54 loss at Belmont Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers entered the Belmont game coming off an appearance in the Marshall Tournament where they played well one game in the first half and another played well in the final 20 minutes. In the game at Belmont, it was in the first half. TSU trailed the Bruins 31-27 at the break, but in the second half the host Bruins gained control outscoring the young Lady Tigers by a 44-27 count. TSU saw the host team control the boards, holding a 48-25 rebounding advantage with 22 of the rebounds coming on the offensive end as Belmont had 24 second chance points and 50 of their total in the paint. After shooting 12-23 (52 percent) in the first half, TSU was limited to 10-30 (33 percent) in the second half and 41.5 percent for the game. The Lady Tigers were led by three freshmen who tallied in double figures. Obiageli and Brittney Marshall each scored 13 points while Kendra Appling tallied 12. Belmont was led by freshman Alysha Clark, who scored 28 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds. Belmont (2-0) had opened the season with an overtime win at Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Tigers will be off until a trip next week to Ole Miss.