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Second Half Struggles Lead to 60-51 Lady Tiger Loss
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Morehead, Ky. --- Despite having a 32-25 lead at halftime, Tennessee State was not able to end Morehead State’s 13-game home winning streak as the Lady Tigers fell to the Eagles 60-51 in Ellis T. Johnson Arena on Thursday night.


The Eagles (13-9, 7-3 OVC) used a 9-0 run late in the second half to help lift them past the Lady Tigers (11-10, 7-3 OVC). MSU outscored TSU 35-19 in the second period.


Jasmine Smith led TSU in scoring and recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tiffany Jackson posted 12 points for the Lady Tigers.


Brittany Pittman led MSU with 18 points in addition to 11 boards. Deja Watson pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds.


The opening six minutes of play featured three ties and three lead changes. With 11:41 on the clock and the score tied 13-13, a lay-up from Jasmine Smith and a triple from Kendra Appling put TSU ahead 18-13.


Shortly after, Kendra Appling went to the bench with her second foul but the Lady Tigers continued to rally. A jumper by Charisse Hicks capped an 11-0 run that saw TSU capture a 24-13 advantage with 7:08 on the clock.


With 6:09 left in the half, Brittany Pittman, ending nearly seven minute scoring drought for the Eagles, scored MSU’s next seven points to cut the deficit down to six (26-20).


TSU built the lead back up to 30-20 before going into the break with a 32-25 lead.


In the second half, MSU outscored TSU 7-1 to dwindle the Lady Tiger lead down to one point (33-32) before the first media timeout. The Eagles knotted the contest at 35-apiece at the 13:46 mark.


Over the next couple of minutes, the teams traded buckets and the score remained close. That is, until Morehead posted nine unanswered points to grab a 50-40 lead at the 7:42 mark.


Jasmine Smith nailed a 15-footer to end TSU’s four minute scoring drought with 7:26 left to play but Morehead would once again stretch the lead to double-digits (55-43).


In the final five minutes of the game, TSU was not able to overcome the deficit falling to MSU 60-51.


TSU shot a dismal 7-of-30 from the field in the second half, including 1-of-7 from beyond the arc.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday when they face-off against the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky.