LADY TIGER RALLY COMES UP SHORT AGAINST EKU
NASHVILLE---Freshman LaDona Pierce dished out a season-best 13 assists, sophomore Oby Okafor recorded her ninth double-double of the season, and sophomore Kendra Appling posted a career-high 32 points but it wasn't enough as Tennessee State fell to Eastern Kentucky 71-80 in the final home game of the season. Kendra Appling led all scorers with a game-high 32 points while Oby Okafor recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Nikki Rumph also scored 14 points for TSU and LaDona Pierce handed out 13 assists. Crystal Jones and Niki Avery led the Lady Colonels in scoring with 23 points each. Andrea Jenkins had 15 while Amber Kirkpatrick recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. In the first half, EKU led 28-20 at the 8:19 mark when a three-pointer by Kendra Appling sparked an 11-4 that cut the deficit to one (32-31) with 2:44 to play in the half. EKU scored four unanswered points to extend the lead to five but free-throw by Chelsea Cromartie and a jumper by Kendra Appling would bring the game to 36-34 going into the half-time break. TSU quickly tied the game (36-36) on a jumper from Oby Okafor to open the second half but EKU outscored the Lady Tigers 18-8 to claim a 10 point lead with 13:26 left to play in the game. Over the next four and a half minutes a 12-2 run by the Lady Tigers would s wipe out the EKU lead and knot the game at 56-56 with just under nine minutes to play. Following an EKU timeout the Lady Colonels scored 11 straight points to go ahead 69-58 with 3:44 on the clock. The Lady Tigers continued to battle and managed to cut the lead down to five points on two occasions but that would be as close as TSU would get.