Martin, Tenn. --- Tennessee State shot 46.3 percent from the field but committed 30 turnovers in a, 104-65 , loss to West Division leader UT Martin, Monday night in the Elam Center.
UTM turned TSU’s 30 miscues into 39 points.
Tennessee State (10-16, 7-6 OVC) was led in scoring by Jayda Johnson’s 15 points while Chelsea Hudson followed with 14.
Heather Butler led UTM (19-7, 12-1 OVC) with 27 points as Ashia Jones (25), Katie Schubert (17) and Jasmine Newsome (15) also scored in double-digits.
Tennessee State fell behind, 18-3, before the first media timeout after committing five turnovers and going 1-of-4 from the field. Briana Morrow knocked down a long jumper to snap TSU’s four-minute scoring drought but UTM answered by swelling its advantage to 32-10.
Over a span of six and a half minutes, TSU outscored UTM, 17-7, to cut the deficit down to, 39-27, before going into the halftime break trailing, 49-35.
Following a number of turnovers and missed opportunities, the Lady Tigers fell behind, 67-39, at the 15:25 mark of the second half. About two and a half minutes later, the home team increased its advantage to, 75-45.
For the rest of the game, Tennessee State made attempts to chip away at the lead but the deficit proved too much to overcome.
TSU only made 2-of-12 from three-point range and shot 59.1 percent at the charity stripe.
UTM clinched the number one seed in the OVC tournament after shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Skyhawks also made 29-of-33 at the free-throw line.
Tennessee State will play the final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 22, against SIU Edwardsville. Game time is slated for a 6 p.m. start in the Gentry Center.