LADY TIGERS RUN INTO BALANCED UK TEAM
Thursday, December 22, 2005
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting and defensive-minded University of Kentucky team as the Lady Tigers dropped a 105-45 decision Thursday night in Memorial Coliseum. The host UK team, coming off its first loss of the season on Sunday to third-ranked LSU, rebounded to shoot 60 percent from the floor, while holding the Lady Tigers to 25 percent shooting. The Wildcats also held a big advantage of the boards, out-rebounding TSU 54-34. The Lady Tigers saw the hosts jump to a big lead, building a 28-2 lead out of the gates. The Lady Tiger were able to convert just one of their first 20 shots from the field. TSU trailed 49-17 at intermission. TSU did not see UK let up in the second half as the Wildcats scored the first 10 points. UK (9-1) would place six players in double digits, led by Samantha Mahoney's 18 points. The Lady Tigers were led by a pair of freshmen who tallied in double figures. Kendra Appling tallied 11 points while Obiageli Okafor had her seventh double figure scoring game in right games to begin her college career, scoring 11 points. TSU (0-8) will take a break for the holidays, before playing its first home game and returning to Ohio Valley Conference play, hosting Morehead State on Jan. 2.

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