Lady Tigers Post Season High in 104-85 Win Over EKU
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Nashville, Tenn.--- Kendra Appling and Tiffany Jackson recorded career-highs while Oby Okafor scored her 1,000th career point in Tennessee State’s 104-85 victory over Eastern Kentucky Thursday night in the Gentry Center.

With the win the Lady Tigers snap a four-game losing streak and move to 8-11 (5-5 OVC) on the year. Eastern Kentucky falls to 10-7 (5-5 OVC).

Tennessee State posted its highest point total in a game since the 1990-91 season when the Lady Tigers defeated Valparaiso 106-101.

Tennessee State grabbed a 9-5 lead on a three pointer by Kendra Appling but Eastern Kentucky scored seven out of the next ten points to tie the game 12-12. Both teams traded buckets over the next several minutes as neither team built more than a four point lead.

With the score tied 29-29, TSU outscored EKU 9-4 to go up 38-33 with 4:21 left in the half. A lay-up by Niki Avery brought the Lady Colonels to within one (37-38) before the Lady Tigers used a 10-4 run to close out the half and capture a 48-41 lead going into the break.

Ashley Cazee scored the first bucket of the second half on a break away lay-up (48-43) but a jumper by Appling sparked a 12-2 run that swelled the Lady Tiger lead to 60-45 at the 17:14 mark. Following an EKU timeout, the Lady Colonels outscored the Lady Tigers 11-4 to cut the deficit down to single digits.

TSU, however, re-claimed a double-digit lead at the 12:55 mark and maintained the lead for the rest of the game.

Tennessee State shot 61.4 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Kendra Appling recorded a career-high 39 points while Tiffany Jackson notched a career-high 26 points. Oby Okafor fell just one point shy of a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Crystal Jones led EKU with 22 points while Ashley Cazee added 21. Niki Avery tallied 17.

The Lady Tigers next travel to Cookeville, Tennessee to face the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Jan.26. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN U.