Lady Tigers Fall To SEMO
Thursday, January 17, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--- Despite shooting a season-best 81 percent from the free-throw line, Tennessee State fell to Southeast Missouri 51-70 Thursday night in the Gentry Center.


With the loss Tennessee State falls to 7-10, 4-4 OVC while Southeast Missouri improves to 11-6, 6-2 OVC.


Southeast Missouri scored the first seven points of the game as Tennessee State struggled to get its offense going. SEMO built an early 11-2 lead and maintained the advantage throughout the half until a 3-pointer by Kendra Appling gave TSU a 25-24 lead with 1:28 on the clock. Tennessee State scored the final two points of the half to go into the break with a 27-24 advantage.


The score went back and forth in the opening seven minutes of the second as neither team was able to build more than a five point lead. With the game tied 37-37, SEMO rallied off 11 unanswered points to capture a 48-37 lead at the 11:30 mark. Following a timeout by TSU, the Lady Tigers cut the deficit down to single digits (48-39) with 10:36 left to play but the Redhawks outscored TSU 12-4 over the next six minutes to swell the lead to 60-43.


A three pointer by Kendra Appling would bring TSU to within 13 but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.


Kendra Appling led TSU with 15 points while Oby Okafor recorded 10. Tarina Nixon tallied a game-high 23 points for SEMO while Missy Whitney (14), Rachel Blunt (12) and Ashley Lovelady (10) also posted double figures for the Redhawks.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday to face Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.