MURRAY, Ky. --- Tripped up by 33 turnovers, the Tennessee State women's basketball team (1-22, 0-13) fell short on the road Thursday night in Kentucky, dropping its second matchup of the season with the Lady Racers of Murray State (11-14, 7-7 OVC), 71-43.
The Lady Tigers opened the contest on a 3-0 run before the game was knotted at five at the 15:06 mark. That would be as close as Tennessee State would come to the Lady Racers on the night. TSU pulled within nine at 8:58 behind a free-throw shot by sophomore Denina Lockridge (Mt, Juliet, Tenn.) but Murray State would distance itself by as many as 25 before the break. The teams headed into the locker room with the Lady Racers up, 45-20.
In the second stanza, the Lady Racers continued to take advantage of costly Tennessee State turnovers after scoring 24 points off them in the first half alone. Senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) attempted to close the gap by dropping in back-to-back three-pointers, moving the Lady Tigers to within 23 but spotty shooting from the charity stripe halted several attempts to rally. Junior KaSheena Powe (Moulton, Ala.) netted both free-throw attempts with 3:52 remaining in regulation to inch Tennessee State as close as 20 but it was too little too late as the Lady Tigers fell, 71-43.
Megan Fuqua led the Lady Racers with 15 points and three steals while Rebecca Remington and Stacy Holmes contributed, 14 and 12, respectively.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Stewart, who dropped in 14 points with two rebounds. She also extended her streak to eight of consecutive games where she has netted at least three three-pointers. Lockridge and junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) each added seven points.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday continues its road trip with a stop in Martin, Tennessee to take on the Skyhawks. Game time is set for 4 p.m.