Southeast Missouri up next for women's basketball
Friday, December 3, 2010

The Tennessee State University women's basketball team will play its second OVC contest in three days with a match-up at Southeast Missouri on Saturday evening. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center.

The radio broadcast can be heard online at (WTST). The game can be seen on and

The Lady Tigers are currently 3-4 (0-1 OVC) and are coming off a disappointing 77-58 loss to Eastern Illinois in the OVC opener on Thursday night.

The Lady Tigers fell behind by as many as 23 points in the first half and were not able to climb from behind.

Meredith Stafford finished the game with 18 points while Kesi Hess added 14.

TSU will return to Nashville to face cross town opponent Belmont in non-conference action on Tue., Dec.7 in the Curb Event Center before hosting Southern Mississippi on Sat., Dec.11 in the Gentry Center.

Senior Meredith Stafford is the only player averaging double-digits for the Lady Tigers with 11.0 points per game. Tayla Foster (8.6ppg) and Jasmin Shuler (7.7 ppg) round out the top three leading scorers for TSU while Alana Morris (5.7 rpg) and Simone Hopes (5.3 rpg) are leading the team in rebounding.

The Redhawks (2-5, 0-1 OVC) are coming off a 65-57 loss to Austin Peay at home in the OVC opener on Thursday.

SEMO rallied back from a 12-point second half deficit but ultimatley fell to APSU and dropped its ninth straight OVC game. Katie Norman paced the offense with 19 points while while Brittany Harriel added 13 points and seven rebounds. Balie Roberts scored 10.

The Redhawks are averaging 52.0 points per game and are led in scoring by Harriel (9.7 ppg).

TSU and SEMO will meet for the 40th time in the series history as the Redhawks hold a 22-17 lead. The Lady Tigers won both contests last season and have claimed the last five meetings against the Redhawks. SEMO's last win over TSU was in the 2007-08 season. 

The Lady Tigers dug themselves in a hole that they couldn't get out of in a 77-58 loss to Eastern Illinois, Thursday night in the OVC opener.

Although TSU was nearly even in scoring with EIU  in the second half, the Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 23 points in the first and could not overcome the deficit.

Meredith Stafford led TSU with 18 points while Kesi Hess added 14. Alana Morris pulled down seven rebounds for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers struggled to find a rhythm in the first half and fell behind, 10-0, by the first media timeout. A three-pointer by Kesi Hess finally got TSU on the board with nearly six minutes ticked off the clock but EIU used a 17-4 run to swell its advantage to 29-7.

In the second half, TSU continued to fight and cut the deficit down to just 12 points following a spurt that made the score, 57-45, in favor of EIU. The Panthers, however, answered with a 10-2 run to build up a 20-point cushion with 5:19 remaining in the game.

TSU fell behind, 75-52, before Kesi Hess knocked down two three-pointers make the final score, 77-58.