Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team couldn't capitalize on opportunities down the stretch and saw Tennessee Tech escape with a 76-73 win in the Gentry Center on Monday night.
Tennessee State slips to 9-15 (6-9 OVC) while Tennessee Tech moves to 12-14 (7-9 OVC).
The Lady Tigers didn't have an answer for Tech's Tacarra Hayes as she poured in 41 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was the only Golden Eagle to post double-figures.
TSU had a 40-35 halftime lead that disappeared after Tech opened the second frame by outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-7. A jumper by Nikki Rumph gave TSU a slight 51-50 edge with 10:24 left to play but TTU went back on top on the ensuing possession.
With 8:17 on the clock, Meredith Stafford knocked down a triple to make the score 57-56 in favor of TSU but that would be the last time that the Lady Tigers would lead. Later in the game and with TSU trailing 72-70, Stafford missed two free-throws that would have tied the game.
With 28 seconds left, however, Stafford hit a three-pointer to bring TSU to within one, 74-73. Rachel Glidden made one-of-two free-throws to give Tech a 75-73 lead. The following possession the Lady Tigers turned the ball over and were forced to foul.
Kylie Cook stepped to the line and missed both free-throws but TSU once again coughed up the ball on its trip down the floor.
Tacarra Hayes hit a free-throw to make the score 76-73 with one second left and time expired before TSU could get off a shot.
TSU shot 38.6 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while only knocking down 60.5% of its free-throws. Tennessee Tech shot nearly 50 percent (49.0) from the field and 33.3 from three-point range. TTU was 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Lady Tigers will return to action on Saturday in the final regular season home game when they host Jacksonville State on Senior Day. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center.