LADY TIGERS FALL TO EASTERN ILLINOIS
CHARLESTON, Illinois---The Tennessee State University women's basketball team suffered through a six minute scoring drought in the second half that helped Eastern Illinois capture an 84-54 in Lantz Arena Saturday evening in OVC play. Tennessee State (4-24, 1-7 OVC) battled with Eastern Illinois (7-13, 4-7 OVC) in the first half. EIU grabbed leads of nine points on three occasions but the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance. With 4:02 left to play in the first half, TSU went on a 7-0 run capped by a jumper from Nikki Rumph to cut the deficit to two (29-27). Eastern Illinois scored the final five points of the half to enter the intermission with a 35-27 lead. Eastern Illinois outscored Tennessee State 21-12 in the opening nine minutes of the second half to jump ahead 56-39 with 11:00 minutes to play. The Panthers would go up by as many as 19 points but TSU would cut the deficit to 13 (60-47) on a jumper by Kendra Appling (8:58). The Lady Tigers, however, would suffer through a six minute scoring drought that saw EIU rally off 19 unanswered points and claim a 79-47 lead with 3:10 remaining on the clock. Freshman Jheri Booker, the only TSU player to score double-digits, led the Lady Tigers with a career-high 20 points. She nearly captured her first double-double of the season with a team-high nine rebounds in addition to six steals. Ashley Thomas led the Panthers with 21 points and five steals. The Lady Tigers return to action next Thursday when they travel to Eastern Kentucky to face the Lady Colonels. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. central.