LADY TIGER BASKETBALL FALLS TO NICHOLLS STATE
Sunday, December 17, 2006
THIBODAUX, Louisiana--- Tennessee State University basketball fell to host Nicholls State 57-69 Sunday evening in Stopher Gymnasium. The Lady Tigers fall to 2-4 overall while Nicholls State captures its second win of the season (2-7). Nicholls State struck first but a basket by Kendra Appling quickly evened the score 2-2 early in the first half. The teams stayed close for the duration of the half with neither team leading by more than three points at a time. With the score knotted 32-32 at the 1:10 mark of the first half, a free-throw by LaDona Pierce gave TSU the slight 33-32 lead going into the break. Tennessee State shot 46.7 percent from the floor in the first half and only 41.7 percent from the charity stripe (5-12). TSU opened the second half on a 4-0 run behind two lay-ups from Oby Okafor to stretch its lead to 37-32. A jumper by Jamie Octave cut the lead down to three (37-34) before another lay-up by Okafor re-claimed the five point lead for TSU. The Lady Tigers would continue to hold on to leads of three, one, and five until a free-throw shot by Claire Barry tied the game at 45 with 11:17 left to play in the half. A jumper by Tiffany Jackson put TSU back on top (47-45) but Nicholls went on a 7-0 run to capture a 55-47 lead at the 6:51 mark. TSU retaliated with a 7-1 run to bring the game to within one with just under five minutes left to play. A free-throw by Kendra Appling at 2:45 brought the game to 57-59 but that would be the last time that TSU would score as Nicholls finished the game on a 10-0 run. The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Tiffany Jackson with a season-best 16 points. Oby Okafor nearly captured a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Tennessee State out-rebounded Nicholls (41-32) but committed 20 turnovers to the Colonel's 14. The Lady Tigers return to their home court to host Butler University on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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