Nashville --- The Tennessee State University Lady Tiger basketball team outscored Tennessee Tech in the second half but could not dig themselves out of a an 18-point hole in a, 69-55, loss Saturday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (5-14, 2-7 OVC) was led in scoring by Tayla Foster who finished the game with 12 points while Meredith Stafford and Jasmine Brimm each tallied 10 points apiece. Kesi Hess recorded a game-best four steals in the contest.
Tacarra Hayes paced the Golden Eagles (14-4, 8-1 OVC) with 14 points while Kellie Cook added 13. Briana Jordan added 12 points and Kylie Cook posted 10. Brittany Darling nearly recorded a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points.
Tech got on the board first but TSU answered with a triple from Tayla Foster to take a, 3-2, lead. An offensive rebound led to the Golden Eagles reclaiming the lead on the next possession and the team's traded buckets for the next couple of minutes. Tennessee Tech was leading, 9-7, when an 11-0 run swelled the Golden Eagle advantage to 20-7 (13:25).
The Lady Tigers used a timeout in an attempt to slow the Golden Eagles down but the TTU offense continued to roll. A couple of free-throws by Rachel Glidden made the score, 35-17, with 4:44 left in the half. TSU fell behind by as many as 20 points before going into the half trailing, 44-26.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers played better defense and held the Golden Eagles to only 25 points but the deficit would prove to be too much to overcome.
TSU outscored Tech, 8-2, in the final three minutes of the game to make the final score, 69-55.
Tennessee State went 16-of-49 (32.7 percent) from the field but knocked down 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from three-point range. Tennessee Tech shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the field but only managed a 28.6 percentage (4-of-14) from beyond the arc.
TSU only committed 16 turnovers compared to TTU's 23 but lost the battle of the boards, 38-25. Tennessee Tech controlled the paint, outscoring Tennessee State, 34-14.
Tennessee State returns to action next Thursday, Jan. 27, with a match-up at Morehead State before facing Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 29.