NASHVILLE --- For the second time in as many contests, the Lady Tigers (1-15, 0-6 OVC) almost came away with a victory after a hotly contested matchup. However, Tennessee State dropped another close one at home. this time against the Lady Racers of Murray State (7-10, 3-3 OVC), 68-58, in overtime.
Throughout the first stanza, Tennessee State attemptd to keep the contest close and managed to do so, statistically speaking. Despite an 11-point first half performance by Stacy Holmes, the Lady Tigers were neck and neck from the floor with the Lady Racers, shooting 37 percent (10-27) to Murray State's 38.2 percent (13-34). Tennessee State opened the contest with a 4-1 run but Murray State stormed back, knotting the game at four with a shot behind the arc from Jenny Bowden. The game would be tied once more, this time at 11-all at the 12:28 mark, before the Lady Racers pulled away before the break. The teams headed into the locker room with MSU up, 32-24.
After the break, Murray State kept a double-digit advantage over the Lady Tigers before they were spurred to action by a three-pointer by junior Quanecia Fletcher (Moulton, Ala.) at the 9:03 mark. Tennessee State continued to whittle down the Lady Racers' lead until a shot behind the arc by senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.) moved the Lady Tigers to within one, 46-45. Tennessee State continued to turn up the offensive heat and tied the game with 1:37 left in regulation. A successful trip to the free throw line by junior KaSheena Powe (Moulton, Ala.) with just 45 ticks left in the game put the Lady Tigers up by two. A jumper by Ashley Hayes with 31 seconds left tied the game again and a win-hungry Tennessee State team tried for the gamewinner at the buzzer but the put back from an overshot ball was unsuccessful. The squad's headed into overtime, the first this season for Tennessee State, tied at 53.
Murray State jumped at the tip in overtime and netted nine unanswered points, putting them up, 62-53. A layup by junior Kendra Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio) moved the Lady Tigers to within six but that would be the closest they would come in the extra stanza and the Lady Racers went to on take the teams' first meeting of the season, 68-58.
Holmes led Murray State with a game-high 15 points and five rebounds. Also scoring in double digits were Hayes, with 13, Lori Trumblee, with 12, and Megan Fuqua, with 11.
Bailey was the leading scorer for the Lady Tigers with 13 points and seven rebounds. Stewart and Powe also scored in the double digits, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Tennessee State continues its homestand, hosting the final two games of its five-game stretch at the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers will take on Austin Peay on January 29. Game time is set for 5:45 p.m.