LADY TIGERS FALL TO SAMFORD ON THE ROAD
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama---The Tennessee State University women's basketball team fell to Samford 52-79 on the road Thursday night in Seibert Hall. Tennessee State falls to 5-17 (2-11 OVC) while Samford improves to 12-11 (7-7 OVC). Samford posted the first points of the game on a bucket from Chelsee Insell at the 19:36 mark. TSU responded with a lay-up from Jheri Booker to even the score at 2-2 before a 3-pointer by Alex Munday gave Samford a 5-2 advantage with 18:11 on the clock. Kendra Appling knocked down a 3-pointer for TSU about two minutes later to knot the score 5-5 with 16:20 to play in the half. With Samford leading by two (12-10) and 12:32 on the clock, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to jump ahead 21-10. TSU cut the deficit down to nine points on a made basket from Chelsea Cromartie but Samford outscored the Lady Tigers 18-10 in the last eight minutes of the first-half to enter the break with a 17 point lead (39-22). Samford opened the second half on an 8-2 run to go ahead 47-24 with 16:24 left to play. Samford lead by as many as 26 (55-29) but Tennessee State managed to cut the deficit down to 16 points (61-45) at the 6:53 mark. The Bulldogs, however, outscored TSU 18-7 to close out the game and seal the win. Oby Okafor and Kendra Appling each tallied 12 points for Tennessee State. Jheri Booker and Kendra Appling led TSU with a team-high seven rebounds. Alex Munday led Samford with 23 points and nine rebounds. Tennessee State shot 33.3% from the field and 55.0% from the free-throw line. TSU committed 15 turnovers and lost the battle of the boards with only 32 rebounds to Samford's 42. The Lady Tigers will return home to face the Lady Govs of Austin Peay on Saturday in the Gentry Center. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.