LADY TIGERS EARN FIRST WIN OF SEASON BY CRUSHING FISK, 88-38
NASHVILLE --- The Lady Tigers (1-13, 0-4 OVC) collected their first win of the 2003-04 campaign in fine fashion on Monday night. Tennessee State dismantled city rival Fisk (1-12, 0-3 Great South), 88-38, in the programs' sixth-ever meeting. Tennessee State never let the Bulldogs come close, commanding the tempo of the game from the opening tip. The Lady Tigers opened on a 6-0 run and never looked back. TSU capitalized on a Fisk scoring drought that lasted the last six minutes of the first half and scored 15 points to lead 44-12 at the break. By halftime, junior Lakisha Clay (Detroit, Mich.) had already dropped in 11 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the free throw line and three other Lady Tigers had recorded eight points each. The Bulldogs' highest scorer only managed five points in the first stanza. Tennessee State held Fisk to 26.3 percent shooting from the field in the first half and forced 21 turnovers. The Bulldogs finally managed to start scoring at the beginning of the second stanza, slimming the Lady Tigers' lead to 27 before Tennessee State pulled away for good. Fisk sent the Lady Tigers to the charity stripe 10 times in the second half alone and red-hot Tennessee State did not miss one shot. Fisk's leading scorer was Tiffany Young, who contributed 12 points in 40 minutes on the hardwood and was the only Bulldog who managed to score in the double digits. On the night, the Lady Tigers, who were led in scoring by senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) with a career-high 21 points, shot over 44 percent from the floor and shot over 70 percent from the free-throw line. Tennessee State had a total of five players to score in double digits -- Stewart, senior Odessa Kelly (18), Clay (15), junior Kendra Bailey (12), and rookie LaRaea Starr, who dropped in a career-high 10 points in a career-high 18 minutes of action. Tennessee State returns to action on Thursday, January 22 as it hosts Tennessee-Martin. Game time is set for 5 p.m.