Lady Tigers Hold Off Nicholls State To Claim 63-61 Win
Sunday, November 18, 2007

Nashville, Tenn.---Three Lady Tigers scored in double-figures as the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season over Nicholls State.


With the win TSU improves to 1-1 on the season while Nicholls State moves to 1-1.


The game got off to a slow start featuring a quick foul and three missed free-throws by Oby Okafor. Tennessee State (1-1) took its first lead of the game on a three pointer by Charisse Hicks and continued to build on the advantage. The Lady Tigers led by as many as 10 points before the Lady Colonels (1-1)  used a 15-8 run to cut the deficit to three (25-28) at the 9:28 mark.


Leading 32-30, TSU outscored NSU 10-1 to jump ahead 42-31 with 3:31 left in the first half. Tennessee State went into halftime with a 44-36 advantage.


After increasing the lead to 10 (46-36) on a jumper by Kendra Appling, TSU suffering through a five minute scoring drought that cut the lead down to five (46-41). The Lady Tigers responded with seven unanswered points that re-upped the lead to 12 (53-41) with 12:47 on the clock.


Over the next six minutes of play, TSU only managed to score three points while Nicholls State would tie the game 56-56. With the game tied 58-58, Hicks knocked down a 3-point shot to go ahead 61-58 (3:42). NSU made two free throws to come within one (61-60) but a lay-up by Booker with 56 seconds on the clock gave TSU a 63-60 lead.


A made free throw by Nicholls State’s Nikina Hill would bring the game to 63-61 but that would be as close as the Lady Colonels would get as two missed jumpers with seconds left on the clock helped TSU squeeze out the 63-61 win.  


Sophomore Jheri Booker led Tennessee State with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double while Juniors Oby Okafor and Charisse Hicks each tallied 15 points. Okafor also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.


Junior Kendra Appling added 10 points while sophomore guard LaDona Pierce dished out a game-high nine assists.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday, November 20, when they host Saint Louis University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.