CHARLESTON, Ill. --- Despite outshooting Eastern Illinois (4-11, 1-3 OVC) from inside the paint, 26-24, the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State (0-13, 0-4 OVC) were unable to capitalize on the advantage and fell to the Panthers, 79-49.
Eastern Illinois jumped out to an early lead after a three-pointer by Megan Casad set the pace for the Panthers. EIU went on a 15-4 run to open the contest and would only let the Lady Tigers move to within 11 points before pulling away for good before the break. At halftime, the Panthers led, 40-21, with Lauren Dailey already scoring in the double digits, dropping in 11 points.
After the break, Tennessee State was halted by the behind the arc shooting of the Panthers, who went 10-for-25 (40 percent) for the contest. Costly Lady Tiger fouls sent Eastern Illinois to the charity stripe 11 times in the second stanza. The Panthers finished the game going 19-26 (73.1 percent) from the free-throw line.
Tennessee State was led in scoring by junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio), who dropped in 14 points and collected 11 rebounds en route to her first double double of the season. Sophomore Denina Lockridge (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) also scored in the double digits, contributing 11 points on the day.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, January 19 as they host city rival Fisk in their final nonconference contest of the season at the Gentry Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.