Second half dooms Lady Tigers in loss to Morehead
Friday, January 29, 2010
Nashville --- Morehead State overcame a 12-point deficit and outscored Tennessee State 57-37 in the second half to hand the Lady Tigers a 76-65 loss in the Gentry Center Thursday night.

Meredith Stafford led TSU with 22 points while Nikki Rumph and Oby Okafor added 11 apiece. Okafor also notched her seventh double-double of the season with 13 rebounds. LaDona Pierce recorded six steals and six assists in the contest. 

Chynna Bozeman posted a game-high 30 points for the Eagles, knocking down 17-of-17 from the free-throw line. Courtney Lumpkin finished with 16 while Tiffany Hamilton added 11. Ashar Harris pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds.

Tennessee State shot 36.5 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from beyond the arc while Morehead State shot 27.4 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from three-point range.  The Eagles, however, were 36-of-42 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe while the Lady Tigers were only 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the line.

TSU shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the field in the first half while MSU only connected on 17.2 percent (5-of-29) of its shots. Holding on to a slight 20-17 lead, the Lady Tigers used an 8-2 run to close out the half and carry a 28-19 lead advantage into the break.

In the second half, TSU built its lead up to 36-24 following a put-back by Oby Okafor. TSU was leading 39-27 when two free-throws by Bozeman sparked a rally that spanned over three minutes. The Eagles tied the game 42-42 at the 11:01 mark and took the lead on their next possession.

A lay-up by Simone Hopes briefly put TSU on top, 47-46, but MSU answered right back. Both teams traded the lead over the next couple of possessions. The Eagles were up 53-52 when two free-throws by Ashar Harris followed by a three point bomb from Tiffany Hamilton extended their advantage to 58-52 with 4:45 left to play.

TSU was unable to overcome the deficit. MSU hit 29-of-34 free-throws in the second half.

TSU returns to action on Saturday with an OVC contest against visiting Eastern Kentucky. Game time is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start in the Gentry Center.