Lady Tigers play hard in loss to Arkansas
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fayetteville, Ark. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team played hard but fell to SEC member Arkansas, 71-50, Tuesday night in Bud Walton Arena.

TSU (2-3) gave a great second-half effort but the deficit was too much to overcome against an undefeated Arkansas (5-0).

Simone Hopes was the only player to score in double-figures for TSU with a career-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds. Kim Haynes also tallied seven rebounds and recorded seven points.

Arkansas controlled the tip and the game early, jumping out to a 14-2 lead before the first media timeout. Kim Haynes finally scored TSU's first field goal of the game after nailing a three-pointer with 13:16 left on the clock.

Another bucket from Haynes followed by a triple from Kesi Hess made the score, 20-10, in favor of the Razorbacks with 9:22 left in the half.

Arkansas built the lead back up to 31-16 before carrying a 35-22 advantage into the halftime break.

In the second half, Jasmin Shuler knocked down a three-pointer to bring TSU back within 10 points at the 18:46 mark. TSU was trailing 37-25 when Arkansas used a 13-6 run to increase the lead to 50-31.

The Lady Tigers fell behind 69-39 before outscoring the Razorbacks 12-1 to make the final score 70-51.

Tennessee State shot 31.3 percent from the field (4-of-14) and only connected on 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from three-point range.

Following a brief break for the Thanksgiving holiday the Lady Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Lipscomb. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena.