WBB protects home against Eastern Kentucky
Monday, February 1, 2010
Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team fought off an Eastern Kentucky comeback in a 61-54 win over the Lady Colonels Sunday afternoon in the Gentry Center.

Tennessee State (8-12, 5-6 OVC) led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Eastern Kentucky (9-12, 5-6 OVC) rallied to take the lead just before the final media timeout. The Lady Tigers, however, reclaimed the advantage with about three minutes left and held on to it for the rest of the game.

Meredith Stafford led TSU with 18 points while Oby Okafor added 14. Shakeyia Colyer led EKU with 11 points and Nadia Mossong posted 10.

TSU shot 32.7 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three-point range while EKU hit 43.6 percent of its shots and shot 18.2 percent from beyond the arc.

After a back-and-forth first half, TSU used a run within the last five minutes of the frame to create a little distance. With the score tied, 23-23, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Colonels 12-2 to carry a 35-25 lead into the halftime break.

In the second stanza, TSU increased their lead to 37-25 on a lay-up by Meredith Stafford. Over the next seven minutes, however, EKU outscored TSU 16-5 to cut the deficit down to two, 43-41. The Lady Tigers answered with five straight points to go back up 48-41.

With 9:32 on the clock and TSU leading, 50-43, EKU used a 9-0 run to grab its first lead of the half, 52-50. Later, Meredith Stafford tied the game with two-free throws before a break away lay-up by Nikki Rumph gave TSU a 54-52 lead with 3:08 left to play.

EKU had empty possessions its next three times down the floor and was unable to overcome the deficit. The Lady Tigers knocked down crucial free-throws in the final moments to secure the win.

Tennessee State was outrebounded 39-30 but only had 16 turnovers compared to Eastern Kentucky's 25. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in steals, 11-6.

The Lady Tigers will return to action next week when they travel to Kentucky to face the Racers of Murray State on Thursday, Feb.4. Game time is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. in the Regional Special Events Center.