NASHVILLE --- Sophomore Brianna Lawrence knocked down six three-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points but it was not enough as Tennessee State fell to Tennessee Tech, 77-68, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
The loss snapped Tennessee State’s two-game win streak and dropped the Lady Tigers to 5-12 overall (2-2 OVC).
Brianna Lawrence went 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-10 from three-point range for a game-high 25 points to lead TSU while Chelsea Hudson recorded a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Allen also added 11 points and three steals.
Tennessee Tech (7-11, 4-1 OVC) was led by Diamond Henderson’s 21 points while Hannah Goolsby registered 17. T’Keyah Williams finished the contest with 15 points.
Tennessee State got off to a fast pace in the first half and built nearly a double-digit lead a little over halfway through the stanza. Although Tech slowly chipped away at the deficit, TSU maintained the lead for most of the frame.
Tech tied the game at 28-all with 3:17 remaining before TSU went into the locker room with a slight, 35-33, lead.
TTU grabbed the lead on their first possession out of the break following a three-pointer. Before the first media timeout, TSU had fallen behind, 43-39, after being outscored, 10-4.
The Lady Tigers knotted the score, 45-45, when Brianna Lawrence buried her second three-pointer of the game.
Over the next three minutes, however, TSU suffered a scoring drought that saw the opponent score 12 unanswered points and go ahead, 57-46.
Consecutive triples from Lawrence and Rachel Allen pulled TSU to within five but TTU stretched its advantage back up to, 67-58, a few plays later.
Lawrence buried her sixth long-range bomb of the night with about three minutes remaining to make the score, 70-64, in favor of Tech.
TSU continued to fight but was unable to overcome the deficit.
Tennessee State shot 34.9 percent from the field, including 47.6 percent from beyond the arc but the Lady Tigers only managed to connect, 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the free-throw line.
Tennessee Tech shot nearly 50 percent from the field and made 55.6 percent from three-point range. TTU went 18-of-23 from the charity stripe.
TSU was outrebounded 43-35 while TTU also held a lopsided advantage in points in the paint, 38-18.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday against Belmont. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.