Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought road contest to Tennessee Tech, 79-75, Monday night in the Eblen Center.
Tennessee State (8-14, 5-4 OVC) trailed by as many as 12 in the second half before clawing back to within three. The comeback attempt, however, fell just short as Tennessee Tech (9-14, 6-4 OVC) held on for the win.
Brianna Lawrence led TSU with 19 points, knocking down five three-pointers in the contest. Rachel Allen finished with 12 points and 10 assists for a double-double while Chelsea Hudson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double.
Diamond Henderson led all TTU players with 25 points while Candace Parson added 20.
TSU grabbed its largest lead of the half, 10-3, early on but Tech answered to knot the score at 10-all before the first media timeout. The game stayed close for the remainder of the frame as neither squad was able to pull away. The teams played to a 37-37 deadlock when TTU made two free-throws to go into the break with a slight, 39-37, advantage.
TSU shot 46.7 percent (14-of-30) in the opening half while TTU connected on 50.0 percent of its attempts.
In the second stanza, Brianna Lawrence knocked down a three-pointer to pull TSU even, 44-44. Over the next several possessions the teams traded buckets until Tech managed to build a four-point lead.
Brianna Lawrence buried her third triple of the game to pull TSU even, 53-53, but Tech went on an 11-1 run to go ahead, 64-54, with 7:24 remaining.
With 6:24 on the clock, Rachel Allen knocked down a fifteen footer to end TSU’s four-minute scoring drought before another long-range bomb from Brianna Lawrence cut the deficit down to single digits.
After Allen nailed another triple to chop the lead down to seven, I’mani Davis got an offensive rebound and put-back with 39.5 seconds left to make the score, 75-70, in favor of Tech.
On TSU’s next trip down the floor, Brianna Lawrence, sank a triple from the corner to pull TSU within three, 76-73, with 25.4 left.
The Lady Tigers were down, 78-75, with 16.7 on the clock and had to foul. Tech made one-of- two but came away with the offensive rebound to seal the win.
TSU shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64) from the field, including 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers went 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
Tennessee Tech went 27-of-49 (55.1 percent) from the field and 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from long range. The Golden Eagles made 83.3 percent (20-of-24) of their free-throws.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Austin Peay at home. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.