LATE FIRST HALF SCORING RUN HURTSLADY TIGERS IN LOSS AT SEC MEMBER OLE MISS
OXFORD, Miss. --- Tennessee State saw host Ole Miss post a late 10-0 scoring run in the opening half to break open a close contest. The Lady Tigers would fall 90-50 to the Southeastern Conference school in a special "School Day" game on Wednesday. The Lady Tigers played the Lady Rebels tough throughout the first half. TSU trailed by only three points following a Leslie Dean 3-point basket that made the score 29-26. However, Ole Miss would then score the next 10 points to carry a 39-26 lead into the halftime. TSU could not regain any momentum in the second half as Ole Miss opened the half with a 30-6 run. The Lady Tigers had stayed close with 53 percent (10-19) field goal shooting in the opening half, but fell to 35 percent (9-26) in the final half and finished 42 percent (19-45). The Lady Tigers were also hurt by the turnovers, committing 26 as compared to the Lady Rebels' 13. Ole Miss also took advantage of rebounding, holding a 44-32 edge. Ole Miss grabbed 25 of its 44 boards on the offensive end. After shooting 39 percent in the first half, Ole Miss shot 56 percent in the second half (19-30) and 47 percent for the game (34-73). Dean came off the bench to score 14 points to lead TSU (0-4). Dean converted four of her five field goals from 3-point range. Freshman Tiffany Jackson tallied 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor. The game also marked the return of senior guard Quanecia Fletcher from a hip injury. Fletcher played all 40 minutes and scored six points in her return to the lineup. Ole Miss was led by senior guard Ashley Johnson who scored 20 points on 9-of-13 field goals, leading five Lady Rebels in double figures. A "School Day" crowd of 4,445 was the third-largest crowd to witness a women's basketball game at Ole Miss. The 11 a.m. game attracted several area elementary and middle school groups.