Lady Tigers Drop Regular-Season Finale to Eastern Illinois
Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lady Tigers remain the third seed with loss to EIU

Nashville, Tenn. – In a tightly fought contest, the Lady Tigers'  five game win streak was snapped losing to Eastern Illinois, 80-79, inside the Gentry Center Saturday night. TSU will remain the third seed of the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship Tournament when they host Southeast Missouri State, Tuesday, March 3rd, inside the Gentry Center.

The contest will be the first basketball playoff game held at the Gentry Center since TSU joined the OVC. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Kendra Appling led TSU with 19 points and three assists. Tiffany Jackson shot 8-of-12 from the floor scoring 18 points and Charisse Hicks hit 4-of-6 from behind the arc, 6-of-11 from the field, chipping in 16. Jasmine Smith went 2-of-5 from three-point range adding 11 points.

EIU's Rachel Galligan (13-of-15) scored a game-high 27 points with eight rebounds. Megan Edwards had 14 points and Lindsey Kluempers hit 4-of-5 for 11 points to lead the Panthers.  

The Lady Tigers (17-12, 13-5 OVC) shot 47 percent from the floor including 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Panthers (22-8, 15-3 OVC) went 30-of-50 for 60 percent winning the battle on the boards, 34-29.

After scoring the first basket of the ball game, the Lady Tigers trailed early on before taking the lead, 13-11, at the 12:34 mark. EIU tied the  game, 24-24, before the Tigers 14-10 run gave them the lead at the half, 38-34.

EIU took the lead and was ahead 59-51 with 10:43 left. TSU crept back in on a 15-11 spurt but still trailed, 67-66, with less that six minutes remaining.

Trailing down the stretch, two costly turnovers clipped the Lady Tigers' hopes of a come from behind win. EIU swelled the lead for the win on 8-of-8 from the line with under a minute.

The Lady Tigers winning record at the end of the seaon is the first in more than 10 years.