Lady Tigers come up on the short end of a battle at EKU
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Richmond, Ky. --- Tennessee State saw the game slip away in the final moments in a 64-56 road loss to Eastern Kentucky Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.

Tennessee State (4-8, 1-2 OVC) missed fourteen free-throws (12-of-26) in the contest while Eastern Kentucky (6-6, 3-0 OVC) went 19-of-25 from the charity stripe. The Lady Tigers also went the final five minutes of the game without a field goal. 

Despite going 4-of-12 from the free-throw line, Oby Okafor finished the game with a team-high 16 points. Meredith Stafford posted 11 points while LaDona Pierce pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky had three players score in double-figures led by Alex Jones (14). Talisha Davis added 12 while Michaelea Kleist scored 10.

After both teams traded buckets in the opening ten minutes of play, Eastern Kentucky used six unanswered points to capture a 21-15 lead at the 9:29 mark. This led to TSU calling its first timeout. The Lady Tigers cut the deficit down to two (23-21) with 4:36 left in the half but the Lady Colonels built the advantage back up to 29-24.

TSU climbed back to within one following a lay-up from LaDona Pierce just before time expired to go into the break trailing 33-32.

In the second half, Tennessee State took a 38-34 lead after Meredith Stafford nailed a jumper with 17:29 on the clock. Eastern Kentucky closed to within one (38-37) and from there both teams battled.

With TSU leading 40-37, EKU went on a 9-0 run to capture a 46-40 lead (11:12). The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Colonels 7-1 over the next four minutes to knot the game 47-47. With TSU trailing, 55-54, a bucket from Alex Jones put the Lady Colonels on top 57-54 with 1:18 left. On the ensuing possession TSU's shot attempt rolled off the rim.

After TSU was forced to foul to stop the clock, EKU nailed two free-throws to make the score 59-55 with 42 seconds left. TSU's final few possessions were empty while EKU knocked down five more free-throws to seal the win.

Tennessee State went 21-of-58 from the field (36.2 percent) while Eastern Kentucky connected on 21-of-45 attempts (46.7 percent). The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Lady Colonels 40-34 but EKU registered 11 steals compared to TSU's six.

The Lady Tigers will have little time to rest as they will face the Eagles of Morehead State on Monday.