Nashville, Tenn. --- Five Lady Tigers scored in double-digits as the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team defeated visiting Tennessee Temple, 84-60, Friday night in the Gentry Center.
Sophomore Brianna Lawrence led TSU in scoring with 15 points, knocking down three triples while freshman Jayda Johnson and redshirt junior Chelsea Hudson each tallied 14. Hudson also registered a team-best eight rebounds in the contest.
Junior Rachel Allen recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists while freshman I’mani Davis also posted 11.
After opening the game with 12 unanswered points, Tennessee State stretched its advantage to, 22-7, just before the first media timeout.
Later in the half, Jemilah Leonard forced a turnover and scored on a break-away layup to make the score, 40-13, in favor of TSU.
TSU went into the locker room with a comfortable, 48-25, lead after knocking down, 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from long range and forcing 19 turnovers.
In the second stanza, the Lady Tigers outscored the Crusaders 14-6 to go ahead 62-31 with about 14 minutes left to play. TSU maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the game.
Tennessee State registered 53 rebounds, 20 assists and 18 steals in the contest while shooting 40.3 percent (31-of-77) from the field.
TSU forced 30 turnovers and scored 26 points off of the miscues. The Lady Tigers also tallied 34 points in the paint while the bench posted 19 points.
The Lady Tigers will officially kick-off the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8 at Kansas State. Tip-off is slated for 5:45 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
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