Defensive Effort Sparks 61-49 Win Over SEMO
Thursday, December 6, 2007

Cape Girardeau, Mo.--- Tennessee State forced Southeast Missouri into 27 turnovers as the Lady Tigers defeated the defending OVC Champions 61-49 Thursday night in the Show Me Center.


Tennessee State (3-5, 1-0 OVC) snaps a 13-game road losing streak while Southeast Missouri’s (4-5, 0-1 OVC) losing skid extends to five. TSU lost the battle of the boards 35-34 but forced SEMO into 27 turnovers.


Tennessee State jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first half before Southeast Missouri recovered to take a 9-8 lead.  TSU used an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead (21-11) at the 8:11 mark before suffering through a five minute scoring drought that saw the Redhawks cut the deficit down to one (20-21). TSU, however, would score the final four points of the half to capture a 26-21 lead going into halftime.


SEMO opened up the second half with five consecutive points to tie the game 26-26. The score would go back and forth over the next seven minutes of play. Leading 41-38, TSU outscored SEMO 7-1 to go ahead 48-39 with 7:49 on the clock.  The Lady Tigers stretched the advantage to 11 (55-44) on a three point bucket from Charisse Hicks at the 3:56 mark. TSU would maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.


Oby Okafor was one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season with 16 points and nine rebounds. Charisse Hicks recorded 13 points for the Lady Tigers while Kendra Appling added 12.


Crysta Glenn led SEMO with 14 points and 12 rebounds.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday when they face the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.