TSU Falls To Tech at Home
Saturday, February 9, 2008

Nashville, Tenn.--- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a 51-60 decision to Tennessee-Tech Saturday evening in the Gentry Center.


Tennessee State falls to 10-14 (7-8 OVC) while Tennessee Tech improves to 6-19 (5-10 OVC).


A three pointer by Charisse Hicks gave Tennessee State a 3-0 lead in the opening moments of the game before Tennessee-Tech grabbed a 6-3 advantage following a three point bucket from Blair Bowens. TTU maintained the lead over the next thirteen minutes of play until two consecutive lay-ups from Oby Okafor gave the TSU a 21-18 advantage. The Golden Eagles, however, would outscore the Lady Tigers 10-3 to close out the half and go into the break with a 28-24 lead.


Tech stretched its lead to 33-25 before the second half’s first media timeout. Two made free throws and a three pointer would put TTU on top 38-25 at the 14:13 mark. TSU cut the deficit down to nine (38-29) with 13:17 on the clock but Tech re-upped the lead to 40-29 on a lay-up by Jasmine White. The Golden Eagles maintained a double digit lead over the next eight minutes, leading by as many as 15 points.


Trailing 36-48, TSU went on a 9-2 run to come within five points (45-50) of Tech at the 2:52 mark. That would be as close as TSU would get as Tech knocked down eight free throws in the final two minutes of the game to seal the win.


Oby Okafor recorded her 21st career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Tequila Martin scored a career-best 10 points for the Lady Tigers. LaDona Pierce handed out a game-high six assists for TSU.  Kristina Tyler led Tech with 18 points while Meagan Lyons pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, February 11, when they host the Lady Govs of Austin Peay. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.