Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team won its second straight after defeating Southeast Missouri Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (9-19, 5-12 OVC) moved one step closer to the OVC tournament by knocking off Southeast Missouri (8-20, 4-13 OVC).
Sophomore Destiney Gaston led TSU with 14 points and four blocks while sophomore Denisha Mumford came off the bench to score a career-best 13 points. Mumford was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. Meredith Stafford finished the game with 10 points and four steals. Jasmine Shuler dished out a game-high five assists.
Alana Morris pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and dished out four assists for the Lady Tigers.
The Redhawks were led by Brittany Harriel's 12 points and eight rebounds.
In the first half, Kim Haynes knocked down her second triple of the game to give TSU a 10-0 lead before the first media timeout. SEMO finally got on the board when Amber Holmes connected in the paint at the 15:24 mark.
The Redhawks cut the deficit down to seven, 12-5, but the Lady Tigers fired off six unanswered points to go ahead, 18-5, with 10:38 on the clock.
Thanks to a number of empty possessions and turnovers, TSU suffered through a scoring drought for about four and a half minutes, allowing SEMO to close within five, 18-13, with 7:32 left in the half.
SEMO knocked down three-straight free-throws to make the score, 28-16, but TSU outscored the Redhawks, 8-4, behind an offensive spurt from Denisha Mumford, to go into the break leading, 36-20.
The Lady Tiger offense was stagnant in the second half as TSU only managed to score two points in the opening nine minutes of the frame. SEMO capitalized on the TSU slump and pulled to within nine, 38-29, with 10:46 on the clock.
The Lady Tiger offense finally picked up a little momentum after Denisha Mumford scored on a floater in the paint. Destiney Gaston followed with a bucket before a couple of free-throws by Ashley Tate made TSU's lead, 43-29.
TSU jumped on top, 45-29, when Meredith Stafford recorded her fourth steal of the game and went the full length of the court to score a lay-up with 5:47 left.
A couple of buckets from SEMO cut the deficit down to 11 but that would be as close as the Redhawks would get. TSU finished the game with an 11-0 run to make the final score, 58-35.
Tennessee State shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the field, including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three-point range. Southeast Missouri finished the game with an 18.8 shooting percentage (9-of-48) from the field while knocking down 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from long range.
TSU held the edge in rebounds (40-34), assists (15-8), blocks (10-5), and steals (11-8).
The Lady Tigers will close out the regular season on Saturday at home versus Eastern Illinois. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.