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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team makes the return to the Gentry Center after recording one victory and just missing on a second in the Lady Tigers' Ohio Valley Conference openers last weekend in Alabama. The Lady Tigers will host Southeast Missouri (Thursday) and Eastern Illinois (Saturday) as the team looks to continue its progress. Both games will have 5:30 p.m. starts and precede the men's game each night in OVC doubleheader action. TSU snapped a 22-game OVC losing streak with its 77-74 victory over Jacksonville State. The Lady Tigers just missed making it two in a row as Samford escaped with a 61-57 win on Saturday. The Lady Tigers have played solid defense for the most past this season. TSU continues to lead the league in steals per game. LaKisha Clay leads the OVC in individual steals, averaging just over 3.0 per game. She is also the team's leading scorer at 11.8 points and tallied 35 points in the two conference games. Leslie Dean and Kendra Bailey are also in double figure scoring at 10.7 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. The Southeast team comes to town with an 8-6 overall and 2-1 league mark. The Otahkians rolled past Eastern Illinois by an 87-70 score Tuesday night in the Show Me Center in their OVC home opener. Southeast features several international players on its roster. The team is led by 6-2 Tatiana Conceicao, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is averaging 18.2 points a game and is coming off a 20-point game against EIU.