NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State women's team closed out the home portion of its 2006 season by dropping a 96-81 decision to visiting Murray State.
For the Lady Tigers, it was too much Joi Scott of the Lady Racers. Scott poured in 43 points on 19-of-24 field goal shooting. Scott also added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Lady Tigers played the Lady Racers even in the final half after MSU had built a 44-29 halftime advantage. The Tigers trailed 10-9 five minutes into the game before Murray went on a 23-9 run to open a 33-18 lead at the 5:19 mark.
Freshman Tiffany Jackson led the Lady Tigers with 20 points while senior Leslie Dean scored 18 points. Freshman Obiageli Okafor posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Sibby added 15 points for the Lady Tigers.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Lady Racers. Amber Guffey came off the bench to score 14 points and hand out nine assists. Ashley N. Hayes scored 11 and Paige Guffey added 10.
The Lady Tigers shot 43 percent (26-61) from the field. TSU held a 37-35 rebounding edge.