NASHVILLE --- Head Tennessee State University women’s basketball coach Larry Inman recorded his 500th career win Saturday night with an, 87-70, victory over Morehead State in the Gentry Center.
With the win, Tennessee State improved to 7-13 overall and 4-3 in the OVC. For the second time this season five players scored in double-digits for TSU led by Chelsea Hudson’s double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Brianna Lawrence finished the game with 14 points while Rachel Allen and Alana Morris each tallied 13. Briana Morrow had 11 points in the contest.
Morehead State (9-11, 3-4 OVC) was led in scoring by Terrice Robinson who had a game-high 26 points. Almesha Jones, the only other player to post double-figures, had 22.
In the first half, TSU fell behind 13-6 with eight minutes ticked off the clock. The Lady Tigers picked it up after an old fashioned three-point play by Briana Morrow sparked a 9-0 run that put them on top, 15-13.
Morehead State regained the lead, 18-17, on a triple from the corner before the teams began to trade buckets.
The game was tied, 22-22, when TSU scored five unanswered to move ahead, 27-22. The Lady Tigers closed out the half by outscoring the Eagles, 8-4, and went into the break leading, 35-26. After trailing early, TSU outscored MSU, 29-13, during the last eight minutes of the frame.
MSU used a 7-2 run to open the second half and cut the deficit down to just four points, 37-33, with 16:55 left to play. The Eagles knotted the score at 40-all about one-minute later but the Lady Tigers regained the advantage, 46-40, behind a floater from Rachel Allen.
TSU built its advantage back up to 52-44 but the opponent scored the next four points to cut into the deficit.
With 7:58 on the clock, Brianna Lawrence stepped beyond the arc and buried a three to give TSU a double-digit lead, 62-52.
Despite only connecting 1-of-7 from long range, Tennessee State shot 54 percent from the field. TSU dominated the boards, 49-23, and made 32-of-45 from the charity stripe.
MSU shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, including 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from three-point range. The Eagles made 26-of-32 from the free-throw line for an 81.3 percent clip.
TSU had 23 turnovers in the contest but held the advantage in points in the paint, 38-20, second chance points, 21-11, and bench points, 33-10.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. against Eastern Kentucky. TSU will welcome students from Davidson County Metro Schools for the Kid’s Day game.