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Lady Tigers? Road Struggles Continue in Loss to Panthers
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Charleston, Ill. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Eastern Illinois 83-45 Thursday night in Lantz Arena.


Tennessee State (2-5, 0-1 OVC) dropped its fifth consecutive road game while Eastern Illinois (5-3, 1-0 OVC) picked up its first OVC win of the season.


Tiffany Jackson led TSU with 12 points and seven rebounds while Charisse Hicks added 11. Ellen Canale led EIU with 16 points.


After trading buckets in the opening moments of the first half, Eastern Illinois created a little distance at the 8:40 mark on a jumper by Ellen Canale to go ahead 20-13.


The Lady Tigers then went nearly seven minutes without scoring until Nikki Rumph connected on a jumper with 2:52 left in the half. By then, EIU had stretched the lead to 34-15. The Panthers led 41-17 at halftime.


TSU was 7-of-28 from the field in the first half while Eastern Illinois knocked down 11-of-26 shots. The Lady Tigers were 3-of-4 from the free-throw line while the Panthers were 15-of-21 from the charity stripe.


EIU outscored TSU 11-4 in the opening five minutes of the second half to swell the lead to 52-21. The Lady Tigers put together small runs throughout the half but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Panthers went on to win 83-45.


TSU finished the game with a 27.6 shooting percentage on 16-of-58 shooting. The Lady Tigers only managed a shooting percentage of 13.6 (3-of-22) from beyond the arc for the night.


The Lady Tigers will next travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri for continued OVC action at Southeast Missouri. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.