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Lady Tigers Run Past Cumberland
Monday, November 24, 2008

Nashville --- Four players scored in double-digits and TSU snapped a three-game losing streak as the Lady Tigers improved to 2-0 at home with a victory over Cumberland University on Monday night.


Tennessee State (2-3) shot 53.0 percent (35-of-66) from the field and 50.0 (8-of-16) percent from beyond the arc. 


TSU only committed 11 turnovers in the game and forced Cumberland (2-3) into 37 miscues.  The Lady Tigers scored 48 points off of the Bulldogs’ turnovers and tallied 19 assists as a team.


All nine of the Lady Tigers that dressed out scored in the game. 


Senior Charisse Hicks came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points and starter Kendra Appling added 18. Tiffany Jackson (14) and Nikki Rumph (13) also posted double-figures for TSU.


Cumberland was led in scoring by Stasia Holden with 11 points.


After a back and forth opening five minutes of play, a lay-up by Chelsea Cromartie sparked a 10-0 run that put the Lady Tigers on top 22-11 at the 11:38 mark.


Tennessee State went on a 16-5 run that widened the gap to 38-16 with 5:04 left in the half. TSU went into the break with a commanding 48-27 lead. 


TSU outscored Cumberland 14-2 in the opening four minutes of the second half to swell the lead to 62-29. Five Lady Tiger steals and two three-point bombs from Tequila Martin and Charisse Hicks helped fuel the rally. 


LaDona Pierce connected with Charisse Hicks for her fourth 3-pointer of the night to give TSU a 93-42 lead with 3:00 minutes left to play. A made free-throw by Jasmine Ellis gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead of the game (98-44) before the game ended with TSU on top 99-46.


The Lady Tigers return to action after the Thanksgiving Holiday at cross-town Lipscomb

University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Allen Arena.