FINAL BOX SCORE
Kennesaw, Ga. --- Redshirt junior Chelsea Hudson registered 36 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee State in a heartbreaking, 70-68, road loss to Kennesaw State Monday night in the KSU Convocation Center.
TSU (0-2) saw a hard fought battle come down to a last second free-throws as Kennesaw State (1-1) went to the line with .5 on the clock to seal the win.
Chelsea Hudson scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the fourth double-double of her career. Rachel Allen was the only other Lady Tiger to score in double figures as she posted 10 points to go with six steals and four assists. Jayda Johnson also had five steals in the contest.
After playing to a 10-10 tie, Tennessee State went ahead 25-19 on a three-pointer by I’mani Davis. The Lady Tigers stretched their advantage to double-digits (31-21) following a steal and break-away lay-up from Jayda Johnson with about five minutes left to play in the first frame.
With about three minutes to go in the half, a triple from Brianna Lawrence made the score, 35-26, in favor of TSU. The Lady Tigers, however, went on a drought and would not score another point the rest of the half. The Owls used a 10-0 run to capture a, 36-35, lead just before the halftime break.
In the second half, Chelsea Hudson scored 11 straight points to put TSU back on top, 46-44. From there the teams traded buckets.
TSU managed to build a couple of six point leads but each time KSU pulled even.
After a back-and-forth battle, the teams played to another tie, 66-66, with 50.3 seconds left in the game. Kennesaw State had the ball but missed its attempt and TSU came away with the rebound. TSU briefly took the lead when Chelsea Hudson scored in the paint but Kennesaw State answered with a bucket to tie the game with 7.1 seconds on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Brianna Lawrence’s shot attempt was off the mark. As time winded down a foul was called on Hudson as she went for the rebound with .5 on the clock.
KSU made both free-throws.
TSU shot 40 percent from the field but struggled from beyond the arc (2-of-15). TSU forced KSU into 23 turnovers but lost the battle of the boards, 42-31. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in steals, 12-2.
KSU shot 52.9 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three-point range.
The Lady Tigers will have a short break before returning to the road to face Troy on Friday, Nov. 15. Game time is slated for noon at Trojan Arena.