Thursday, December 8, 2005
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --- Tennessee State kept within striking distance until host Southeast Missouri made a late run in the final seven minutes to break open a close Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball contest on the way to posting a 71-53 win over the Lady Tigers Thursday night. The Lady Tigers had trailed Southeast Missouri 50-46 at the 7:27 mark following a layup by freshman Obiageli Okafor. However, Southeast would then extend its lead with a 12-2 run and go on and outscore TSU 21-7 the rest of the way. Freshman guard Tiffany Jackson led the Lady Tiger offense with 17 points, shooting 54 percent from the floor. Okafor had her first double-double of her career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kendra Appling chipped in 11 points while Jamika Banks was one rebound and one point away from a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. TSU (0-5, 0-1 OVC) committed 21 turnovers and only forced SEMO to have 12. SEMO had three players to score in double digits, led by Natalie Purcell with 22 points and nine rebounds. Tatiana Conceicao added 18 while Simone Jackson scored 10 for Southeast (4-3, 1-0). The Lady Tigers return to action Saturday when they take on the Panthers of Eastern Illinois.

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