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Thursday, December 26, 2002
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State renews its women's basketball rivalry with Middle Tennessee on Saturday (Dec. 28). The Lady Tigers make the trip to Murfreesboro to play the Lady Raiders at 2 p.m. in the Murphy Center. The Lady Tigers will carry a 2-6 overall mark into the game and will be looking for a consistent 40-minute performance. The young team has been hurt in the second half in each of the last two games in losses to Arkansas-Little Rock (80-63) and Jackson State (62-49). The last two games was a reverse of a second-half performance where the Lady Tigers posted a strong second half rally to record a 67-64 road victory at Lipscomb on Dec. 14. Junior guard Kisha Stewart leads the Tigers in scoring at 11.1 points a game and is handing out 3.0 assists a game. Four players are averaging in the 8-point range. Theresa Bowen is averaging 8.9 ppg, followed by Tristin Johnson (8.5), Odessa Kelly (8.1), and LaToya Clay (8.0). Johnson is leading the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg. Kelly is at 6.8 for the season. TSU will be facing a Middle Tennessee team that is off to a 5-4 start and have won all three games in the Murphy Center. The Lady Raiders defeated Lipscomb 61=56 in last outing on Dec. 22. Patrice Holmes leads the Lady Raiders in scoring at 16.3 ppg. The Lady Tigers will have another full week off from game action to prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference schedule. TSU will host Eastern Kentucky Saturday, Jan. 4 and Morehead State two nights later. ###