Lady Tigers' Offensive Struggles Continue in Loss to Morgan State
Saturday, November 22, 2008

Huntington, W. Va. --- For the third straight game, offensive struggles hampered the Lady Tigers in the first half as Tennessee State dropped the consolation game of the Fifth Third Classic Saturday afternoon to Morgan State.


Kendra Appling finished the game with 15 points while Nikki Rumph turned in 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Chelsea Cromartie recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.


TSU shot 26.1 percent from the field (6-of-23) and were 0-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half.


With the game tied 3-3 early in the first half, TSU suffered through a three minute scoring drought that saw MSU grab a 10-3 lead. The Lady Tigers cut the deficit down to four (14-10) but costly TSU turnovers coupled with another scoring drought led to the Bears building the advantage to 20-10.


TSU came to within four again (20-16) but Morgan State’s Corin Adams nailed a three-pointer to put the Bears back on top 23-16 with 4:31 left in the half. MSU outscored TSU 9-1 in the final four minutes of the game to claim a 32-17 lead going into halftime.


Tennessee State had 15 first half turnovers, in which Morgan State turned into 15 points.


The Lady Tigers outscored the Bears over the first four minutes of the second half to cut the deficit down to 35-27. A three-point bucket by Kendra Appling brought the score to 39-32 before a jumper by Meredith Stafford cut the deficit down to five (41-36) with 9:36 on the clock.


TSU didn’t score again until the 6:31 mark, by then MSU had stretched its lead back up to 47-38. The Lady Tigers once again made a small run and came to within four (55-51) following a three-point play by Chelsea Cromartie with 2:44 left to play.


That, however, would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get as the Bears held on for the 63-57 win.


Tennessee State shot an improved 40 percent (16-of-40) from the field in the second half and ended up outscoring Morgan State 40-31.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, Nov. 24 when they host the Bulldogs of Cumberland University.