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Nixon Rallies Southeast Past Tennessee State, 70-51

Jan. 18, 2008

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior guard Tarina Nixon (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland) tallied a career-high 23 points with a six rebounds and a game-high five assists in leading Southeast Missouri State to a 70-51 victory over host Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday evening at the Gentry Center in Nashville. The Redhawks improved to 11-6 (6-2) on the year while the Lady Tigers saw their season record fall to 7-10 (4-4).

The visitors jumped out to an 11-2 advantage in the first four minutes of the game with senior center Missy Whitney (Charleston, Mo./Three Rivers CC) posting six points from the free throw line. After TSU sliced its deficit to 11-7 on a three-pointer from junior Charisse Hicks with 14:50 left in the first half, Southeast bounced back with five quick points from a three-pointer by junior forward Rachel Blunt (Dexter, Mo./Dexter) and a jumper from senior guard Ashley Lovelady (Elkhart, Ind./Moberly Area CC) to hike the lead back to 16-7 at the 11:50 mark. The Lady Tigers responded with a 15-8 scoring drive through a stretch of 9:46 with six points coming at the hands of junior Obiageli Okafor to close within 24-22 with 2:04 remaining in the stanza. TSU took its first lead of the game at the 1:35 mark on an Appling trey and a layup from junior Tiffany Jackson at the 1:01 mark propelled the home team to claim a 27-24 lead entering intermission.

A pair of Appling free throws gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead of the game at 29-24 just 12 seconds into the second half, but Southeast notched a decisive 26-10 run as Nixon scored seven points during the decisive run that lasted nearly 10 minutes to gain a 52-39 lead at the 9:39 mark. TSU could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Whitney added 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots for Southeast. Blunt posted 12 points and six caroms, while Lovelady tallied 10 points and junior guard Sonya Daugherty (St. Louis, Mo./Hancock) recorded nine points on the evening. Junior guard Szandra Pál (Budapest, Hungary/Vorosmarty Mihaly) contributed with five boards and equaled a career high with three steals.

Appling paced Tennessee State with 15 points, three assists and three steals while going 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Okafor contributed 10 points, sophomore LaDona Pierce finished with eight points and three assists and Jackson notched seven points with seven caroms for the Lady Tigers.

Southeast closes its Tennessee road swing on Saturday afternoon in Cookeville with a conference battle against Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center with a start time of 3 p.m.


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