Oxford, Miss. --- Despite a strong performance in the opening half, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a, 77-61 , decision to SEC member Ole Miss Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Tennessee State (1-5) was led in scoring by freshman Jayda Johnson who posted a career-high 14 points. Redshirt Junior Chelsea Hudson just missed a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while junior Rachel Allen scored 10.
The first half featured seven ties and seven lead changes. Despite only shooting 27.3 percent from the floor in the first frame, TSU went into the halftime break only trailing, 31-29.
The Lady Tigers used their defensive pressure and rebounding to keep the game close. TSU had 10 offensive rebounds and nine second chance points in the opening stanza.
Ole Miss outscored TSU, 11-3, to open the second half and went up, 42-32, at the 15:52 mark. Brianna Lawrence hit a floater in the paint to end the Lady Tigers’ nearly three-minute scoring drought.
However, after only scoring nine points in the first ten-minutes of the second half, TSU fell behind, 54-38, to Ole Miss.
Over the next several possessions, the Lady Tigers fought to chip away at the lead. A three-pointer by Rachel Allen cut the advantage down to 13 but the Rebels responded with eight unanswered points to move ahead, 64-43.
The deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
The Lady Tigers showed improvement from the free-throw line, knocking down 14-of-20 from the charity stripe. TSU shot 32.8 percent from the field and made five triples in the contest.
The Rebels shot 46.4 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from long range. Ole Miss also outrebounded the Lady Tigers, 46-33.
Tennessee State will return to action at home against Lipscomb on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the Gentry Center. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
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