Wednesday, November 8, 2006
NASHVILLE---The Tennessee State University women's basketball team opened the exhibition season with a 74-71 win over cross town Trevecca, Wednesday night in the Gentry Center. Sophomore Kendra Appling (Jackson, Ga.) led all scores with 26 points and seven steals for TSU. Sophomore Jamika Banks (Fort Wayne, Ind.) nearly had a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jheri Booker chipped in 12 points for TSU while Oby Okafor, last season's OVC offensive rebounding leader, pulled down nine boards. The young Lady Tiger team got off to a slow start as Trevecca jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. The lead, however, would be short lived as TSU began to chip away at the deficit. A free throw by Tiffany Jackson (Houston, Texas) tied the game 12-12 mid-way through the half. Both teams would go back and forth before Tennessee State took a four point lead going into half time (26-22). Following three consecutive fast break lay-ups, the Lady Tigers would go up by as many as 12 points in the second half (56-44). The Trojans were not to be denied as they battled to get back in the game. A three-pointer by Trevecca's Casey Atterbery would cut the TSU lead to five (74-69) with 11 seconds left on the clock but Tennessee State would hold on to win the game. Tennessee State out-rebounded Trevecca 42-37 and forced the Trojans into 30 turnovers. The Lady Tigers return to action Friday (at 7:00 p.m.) when they host Kentucky Wesleyan in their final exhibition match-up before the regular season tips off Wednesday, Nov. 15 at St. Louis University.

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