Late Second Half Surge Leads to 61-54 Lady Tiger Win
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Martin, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team used a late second half surge to help secure a 61-54 road win against UT-Martin at Skyhawk Arena on Saturday night.

 

Tennessee State improves to 8-9 (4-2 OVC) while UT-Martin sinks to 2-13 (0-5 OVC).

 

Kendra Appling led all scorers with 20 points in addition to seven rebounds while Charisse Hicks added 15 points for TSU. Tiffany Jackson recorded a team-high eight caroms in the contest.

 

Yolanda Davis paced the Skyhawk offense with 19 points while Alishia Glover tallied 16 points and 18 boards. Phylisha Mitchell pulled down 17 rebounds.

 

TSU scored the first four points of the game and captured a 6-4 lead following a jumper by Kendra Appling but then suffered through nearly a five minute scoring drought that saw the Lady Tigers fall behind 14-6.

 

A made free-throw by Jasmine Smith at the 9:30 ended the TSU scoring drought and sparked a rally that included two lay-ups and a steal by Kendra Appling.

 

The Skyhawks continued to hold on to the lead over the next several minutes of play until Charisse Hicks nailed a triple from the corner to put the Lady Tigers on top 26-24.

 

TSU held a slight 32-29 advantage at the break.

 

TSU opened the second half with an empty possession and two turnovers, allowing UTM to capture a 33-32 lead.

 

The Lady Tigers answered with a 4-0 run to reclaim the lead before the Skyhawks tied the game at 36-apiece with 14:10 on the clock.

 

Both teams traded buckets over the next few minutes until TSU created a little distance behind two back-to-back three-point bombs from Charisse Hicks to capture a 47-40 lead with 8:12 left in the game.

 

TSU then built the advantage up to double-digits (57-47) after LaDona Pierce found Jasmine Smith under the basket with a little over three minutes to play.

 

The Skyhawks cut the deficit down to six with 1:49 on the clock but that would be as close as they would get.

 

The Lady Tigers committed a season low nine turnovers and forced the Skyhawks into 26 miscues.

 

TSU lost the battle of the boards 50-34 and only shot 29.5% in the contest but the Lady Tigers held the advantage where it counted, the final score.

 

The Lady Tigers will not return to action until Saturday, Jan.17 when they host the Lady Govs of Austin Peay in the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.