Tuesday, January 2, 2007
MOREHEAD, Kentucky---In a game plagued with turnovers, Tennessee State fell to Morehead State 68-55 Tuesday evening in Johnson Arena. With the loss TSU falls to 3-8, 1-2 OVC while Morehead improves to 4-9 and 3-2 in the OVC. The game got off to a slow start with each team turning the ball over on two consecutive possessions. A jumper by Nikki Rumph would give TSU the first lead of the game but a bucket by Amanda Green evened the score 2-2. Neither team would score again until two free-throws gave TSU a 4-2 advantage at the 16:33 mark. Both teams traded baskets over the next thirteen minutes. With 3:04 left in the half and the score tied at16-16 Morehead went on a 9-2 run to push its lead to 25-18. Made free-throws by Oby Okafor and Meesha Jackson in the last minute of the half would cut the deficit to four as the Lady Tigers went into the half trailing 21-25. Meesha Jackson led all scores at half-time with 12 points while Oby Okafor had nine rebounds at the break. Tennessee State shot 34.8 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line. Morehead opened the second half with a 6-0 run to extend its lead 31-21 before lay-up by Nikki Rumph stopped the run and brought TSU to within eight points. Morehead continued to build on its lead and stretched the advantage to 15 points with 7:38 on the clock (51-36). The Lady Tigers made runs in attempt to get back into the game but their efforts were not rewarded as Morehead State was able to pull out the 68-55 win. Meesha Jackson paced three Lady Tigers in double-figures with 18 points. Oby Okafor posted 12 points and grabbed 10 points to record her fourth double-double of the season. Nikki Rumph added 13 points for TSU while Jheri Booker grabbed eight boards for the Lady Tigers. Tarah Combs and Amanda Green each tallied 14 points for Morehead while LaKrisha Brown contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tennessee State will return to its home court to host OVC opponent Murray State on Thursday night (Jan.4). Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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