Saturday, December 7, 2002
NORMAL, Ala. --- A long scoreless stretch in the second half proved too much for visiting Tennessee State to overcome as host Alabama A&M was able to rally for a 52-47 victory over the Lady Tigers Saturday afternoon. TSU was leading 38-33 after a Tristin Johnson free throw at the 11:55 mark of the second half. The Lady Tigers did not score until 5:16 was remaining while A&M was able to post an 11-0 run to take the lead. Quanecia Fletcher broke the long streak with a field that cut the lead to 44-40. The Lady Tigers were able to cut the lead to one point on a pair of occasions, but could never regain the advantage, as A&M was able to seal the game with a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining. TSU was plagued by 36 turnovers in the contest. The Lady Tigers were 20-44 from the field for 45.5 percent and only went to the free throw line 11 times, making five. Johnson was the only Lady Tiger in double figures, scoring 11 points. TSU had led 27-22 and opened as much as a nine-point lead early in the second period. A&M was 16-58 from the field, but made 18-26 free throws. A&M also had just one player to score in double figures as Rica Dixon matched Johnson for game-high honors with 11. The game was the first women's basketball contest between the two schools. TSU will take a break from game action before playing at Lipscomb, Dec. 14.

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