Thursday, November 16, 2006
ST. LOUIS, Missouri---The Tennessee State University women's basketball team dropped its season opener 96-59 to St. Louis, Wednesday night in the Bauman-Eberhardt Center. The game began with high energy from both teams as neither team led by more than four points from the outset. St. Louis grabbed a six point lead (14-8) at 13:27 but the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance and went on a 6-0 run to even the score at 14. There would be two more ties before St. Louis would go ahead 24-16. The Billikens continued to build on their lead going up by as many as 18 at the 3:36 mark. Three consecutive buckets by TSU would cut the Billiken lead to 12 (39-27) going into the half. In the second frame of the contest, St. Louis turned up the offensive and defensive intensity scoring 35 points and holding the Lady Tigers to only eight points in the first 9:30 of the game. The Billikens would lead by as many as 45 points before claiming the 96-59 victory. The Billikens were led in scoring by Tyler Mcilwraith with 25 points. Tennessee State was out-rebounded 57-49 in the contest and only managed to shoot 28.4 percent from the field. Sophomore Kendra Appling led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 19 points. Sophomores Jamika Banks and Oby Okafor each pulled down nine boards and added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Lady Tigers have a week off before they return to action next Wednesday (Nov. 22) at Savannah State. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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