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Cape Girardeau, Mo. (February 12, 2004)- Women's hoops takes to the road as they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to face the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State this Saturday, February 14, at 5:00 p.m in the Gentry Center. The Otahkians lead the all-time series 14-11 as they extended their win streak over the TSU to three games with a 102-45 decisive victory back on January 15 of this season.

Scouting Southeast...The Otahkians (12-10, 7-4 OVC) returned to the Show Me Center to begin the month of February and have posted a 3-0 record during the month as they look to continue that success on the road. Overall the squad is riding on a four-game winning streak including wins over Samford, Tennessee-Martin, Murray State and Eastern Illinois.

In its last contest, the Otahks squeaked past Eastern Illinois at the wire to record its seventh consecutive victory over the 'Cats'. Southeast's Yashika Sidbury netted the game winning three-pointer with 16 seconds left on the clock to lift the Otahkians to their fifth straight home win. Sidbury closed the evening with 16 points, four boards, one assist and one steal. Sami Jo Cotton led Southeast scorers on the night dropping in 20 points, while netting a career-best six three-pointers.


Senior Kenja White claims the squad's leading point-scorer role draining 11.4 points per contest. Cotton is moving up as off late, netting 14 points per contest in the four last games, for an average of 11.0 on the season. Over the four-game span, Cotton has drilled 3.75 three-pointers per outing, helping to move her into fifth place in Southeast history for most three-pointers made in one season. She has also improved her accuracy, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, ranking her 38th in the nation.

Scouting Tennessee State...Last week the Lady Tigers (1-19, 0-10) were defeated by Morehead State, 55-40, on Saturday. Kisha Stewart netted 16 points, knocking down 33.3 percent of her shots from the floor. She also recorded four rebounds, one assist and two steals. Stewart extended her streak of hitting three of more treys in a game to five as she sank four against Murray State. Denina Lockridge chipped in ten points, including 4-of-5 from the free throw stripe. She also brought down six boards in the contest.

Most recently the Tigers are coming off a 66-43 defeat by Eastern Kentucky. Despite an outstanding second half performance from the free-throw line which saw the Lady Tigers knock down just over 90 percent (10-11) of their shots, Tennessee State was unable to overcome a first stanza 14-point deficit. Lakisha Clay led all Tennessee State scorers with 19 points, four rebounds and three steals. Lockridge was next with six points and six rebounds.

Leading coach Allen's squad is Stewart netting 11.5 points per contest, while also leading the team in 3-pointers with 33 on the season. Odessa Kelly is the squad's number two scorer, knocking in 8.8 points per outing, while leading the squad with 20 blocks (1bpg). Crashing the boards for the Lady Tigers is Kendra Bailey averaging 6.2 per game, while Clay leads the squad in assists (3.3 apg) and steals (2.6 spg).

Up next...The squad returns to the Show Me Center for their final two regular season home contests. The Otahks host Eastern Kentucky on February 19 and then face Morehead State on February 21. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. for both contests


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