NASHVILLE---Five Lady Racers scored in double-figures as Murray State handed Tennessee State an 83-55 loss Thursday night in the Gentry Center. The Lady Tigers fall to 3-9 overall with a 1-3 OVC mark, while Murray State holds on to its unblemished 6-0 OVC record (9-3 overall).
The game began with high energy from both teams. Murray State struck first on a bucket by Joi Scott but the score remained close for the entirety first half. Murray State never trailed in the first half but never led by more than seven points.
Down by three (28-31) with five seconds left to play in the first half a steal and a bucket by Ashley N. Haynes gave Murray State a five point lead heading into half-time.
Tennessee State opened the second half with a jumper by Kendra Appling to cut the deficit to three (30-33). Murray State would re-up its lead to as many as nine points until a 5-0 run helped bring the Lady Tigers to within three (39-42) once again at the 15:38 mark.
Tennessee State would remain within striking distance until Murray State went on a 27-10 run in the last ten minutes of the game to seal the victory.
Murray State out-rebounded Tennessee State and only committed 15 turnovers to the Lady Tigers 18. Murray State shot a highly respectable 52.4 percent from the floor.
Oby Okafor led TSU in scoring with 19 points and eight rebounds while Nikki Rumph chipped in 11 points for the Lady Tigers.
Joi Scott paced Murray State with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Jenny Petrie posted 17 points while Alaina Lee added 15. Amber Guffey added 13 points and Ashley Nicole Haynes just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Tigers next travel to UT-Martin to face the Skyhawks on Saturday (Dec. 6). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. central.