Saturday, December 17, 2005
PINE BLUFF, Ark. --- Tennessee State came up short in its late comeback bid and host Arkansas-Pine Bluff was able to hold off the Lady Tigers 69-65 in women's college basketball play Saturday night. In a matchup of young teams in search of their first victory of the season, TSU suffered through a six-minute scoring drought in the second half from the 11-minute mark until less than five minutes remaining in the contest. TSU had erased a 13-point deficit to pull within two points down the stretch of the game. The Lady Tigers were also plagued by 32 turnovers in the contest. TSU held a 38-25 rebounding advantage. TSU was led by senior forward Leslie Dean who had 19 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers in the rally. Quanecia Fletcher had a season-high 16 points. Freshman Obiageli Okafor had 16 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The game also marked the debut of transfer Angela Vance. Vance had four points, and four rebounds, and a pair of steals in 16 minutes of action in her first game as a Lady Tiger. UAPB was led by LaToya Thomas who had 20 points. TSU will return to action with a game at Kentucky on Thursday night.

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