NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Tennessee State Lady Tigers defeated North Alabama 69-58 in exhibition action at the Gentry Center on Thursday night.
Senior Destiney Gaston led TSU with 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench, while the Tigers shot 13-for-34 from the field in each half.
With the game tied at 10 with 13:06 left in the first half, TSU went on a 13-4 run over the next six minutes and didn't look back. It was triggered on the defensive end by a Gaston steal, one of eight that TSU had in the first half and 12 in the game. Over the next three possessions, Gaston or Alana Morris would either score or assist. Morris led all players with seven assists.
The Tigers held a 36-24 halftime lead and would maintain the double digit advantage for much of the second half leading by as much as 16.
The Lions would cut the TSU lead to nine with 7:34 remaining, but Kesi Hess answered with a three to put the Tigers back up by 12.
North Alabama would not go away as a 7-2 run closed the gap to 62-56 with just over two minutes left.
The Tigers would finish strong after going five straight possessions without scoring, TSU ended the game with points on its final four possession to win by the final 69-58 margin.
Simone Hopes had a team best eight rebounds for TSU, while Mekena Randle of UNA also had eight boards.