Tallahassee, Fla. --- In a game that was a defensive tug-of-war for much of the contest, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Florida A&M, 66-49, Sunday afternoon in the Al Lawson Center.
Florida A&M (3-1) was led by Jasmine Grice and TaNeka Ruben. They each posted 19 points.
The first half was tightly played until Florida A&M used a 9-0 run to create a little distance. FAMU was leading, 26-18, when TSU managed to put together a rally that cut the deficit down to two points. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Rattlers 9-3 in the final five minutes of the frame to go into halftime trailing, 29-27.
The offense was stagnant for both teams in the opening moments of the second stanza. As the half continued, FAMU started to get going while TSU continued to struggle.
The Lady Tigers suffered through a drought that saw them fall behind, 42-31, at the 12:21 mark. Alana Morris connected in the paint to end the skid but the Lady Tiger struggles continued.
FAMU built its lead up to, 53-39, before an old fashioned three-point play from Morris brought TSU to within 11.
That, however, would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
Tennessee State shot 28.3 percent from the field and only made one three-pointer in the contest. TSU also struggled from the free-throw line only connecting on 18-of-32 from the charity stripe.
TSU’s next contest is on Thursday, Nov. 21 when the Lady Tigers host Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the season home opener. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.