Jacksonville, Fla. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team bounced back to defeat the University of North Florida, 67-51, Friday night in UNF Arena.
Tennessee State (2-7) was led by Chelsea Hudson’s 24 points while Rachel Allen had 16 points and five assists. I’mani Davis recorded a team-best 10 rebounds to go with nine points, just shy of a double-double.
Amber Robinson led North Florida (2-7) with 11 points as Destinee Smith added 10.
In the first half, TSU jumped out to a 10-3 lead following back-to-back three-pointers from Chelsea Hudson and I’mani Davis. Over the next two minutes, UNF responded with a rally to pull within one.
With 13:50 on the clock, a bucket by Rachel Allen sparked a 10-0 run that put TSU on top, 20-9, halfway through the first frame. The Lady Tigers went without a score for over two minutes and allowed the Ospreys cut the deficit down to single digits.
Another spurt, capped by a steal and a break-away lay-up from Davis made the score, 28-18, in favor of TSU before Allen nailed her second triple of the contest to extend the advantage to, 33-20.
The Lady Tigers led 35-24 at halftime.
Allen had 10 first-half points while TSU only committed six turnovers in the stanza.
In the second half, UNF cut the deficit down to single digits before TSU extended its lead up to 45-30 following six straight points from Chelsea Hudson. Over the next several possessions, however, the Ospreys outscored TSU, 14-3, to shrink the Lady Tiger lead down to just four points, 48-44.
Hudson connected in the paint to end TSU’s scoring drought and made the score, 50-44.
Two free-throws by Davis and another bucket from Hudson put the Lady Tigers back on top, 54-44, with 7:18 remaining.
The Ospreys once again chopped the lead down to single digits but consecutive three-pointers from Rachel Allen gave TSU a, 62-49, lead and put the game out of reach with 2:17 remaining.
TSU shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the field, including 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers only committed 12 turnovers and held the advantage in rebounds, 44-37, assists, 13-7, and steals, 10-6.
Tennessee State will have a break before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 15 at home against Martin Methodist College. Game time is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start in the Gentry Center.