Charleston, Ill. --- For the third consecutive year, the Tennessee State University women's basketball team's OVC tournament run ends at the hand of Eastern Illinois. The Lady Tigers fell to the Panthers 73-56 in Lantz Arena on Tuesday night.
Maggie Kloak led EIU with 19 points and Ta'Kenya Nixon scored 11 for the Panthers.
Two quick buckets gave EIU an early 5-0 lead before Meredith Stafford got TSU on the board with a three-pointer. The Panthers stretched their lead to 16-11 before the Lady Tigers cut it down to 16-13 at the 12:21 mark.
TSU, however, went without a field goal for a stretch of over six minutes, allowing EIU to build its advantage to 28-14.
A triple from Nikki Rumph ended the Lady Tiger drought with 6:02 remaining in the half but the Panthers maintained a double-digit lead and went into the break leading 36-23.
TSU only had eight field goals in the first half compared to EIU's 15.
In the second half, EIU slowly built on its lead and stretched the advantage to 54-34 following back-to-back triples from Kelsey Wyss.
The Lady Tigers didn't give up and cut the deficit down to 61-50 after outscoring the Panthers 16-7. The run, capped by a lay-up from LaDona Pierce, lasted over a span of five minutes.
The Lady Tigers once again closed to with 11 points with 4:20 remaining but that would be as close as they would get.
Eastern Illinois never trailed in the contest and out-rebounded Tennessee State 47-33. TSU went 18-of-53 (34.0 percent) from the field, including 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range.
TSU knocked down 17-of 21 free-throw attempts (81 percent).
The Lady Tigers finish the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 10-18.