Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee State University Junior Jasmin Shuler exploded for a career-high 38 points to lead the Lady Tigers to an, 86-80, overtime victory over Morehead State Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (7-12, 3-4 OVC) saw its, 39-32, halftime lead disappear after Morehead State opened the second stanza with a 17-2 run but the Lady Tigers clawed from behind late to force overtime. In the extra frame, TSU outscored MSU, 10-4 to seal the win.
Linda Dixon had 27 points and eight rebounds for Morehead State while Ashar Harris recorded a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Courtney Lumpkin also tallied 19 points for the Eagles.
TSU was trailing, 10-7, when Jasmin Shuler knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to even the score. TSU went ahead, 14-10, following a bucket by Destiney Gaston but MSU answered with a triple to close within one.
The Lady Tigers built another, 19-13, lead but the Eagles responded with a run to pull even at 21-all.
The lead went back-and-forth until TSU used an 8-1 run to close out the half and carry a, 39-32, lead into the break.
TSU saw its halftime lead disappear within a matter of minutes as the visitors used a 17-2 run to grab a, 49-41, lead at the 15:12 mark.
A three pointer by MSU put the Eagles on top, 53-42, before a triple by Jasmin Shuler sparked a 7-0 run that cut the deficit down to, 53-49.
The Lady Tigers pulled to within four on a couple of occasions before the Eagles stretched the advantage to 71-63 with 4:54 left in game.
Down the stretch, Morehead State seemed to be in control but Tennessee State continued to fight. Kesi Hess knocked down a three-pointer to pull TSU within five, but MSU hit a couple of freebies to go on top, 73-66, with 3:32 left to play.
On TSU's trip down the floor, Jasmin Shuler hit two free-throws before nailing a triple to chop the deficit down to two, 73-71, with 2:47 remaining. Avery Jones pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a putback to even the game at 73-all.
A lay-up and a free-throw gave the lead back to MSU before Kim Haynes knocked down a three-pointer from near the top of the key to knot the score, 76-76, with 47 seconds left.
After the Eagles missed two three-point shot attempts, TSU came away with the rebound with seconds remaining. The Lady Tigers were unable to get off a shot and the game went to overtime.
In the extra frame, Kesi Hess knocked down a jumper to get TSU on the board. Jasmin Shuler followed with a bucket before an old fashioned three-point play by Hess gave the Lady Tigers an, 83-76, lead (2:58).
MSU scored its first point of the extra frame at the 2:44 mark on a free-throw by Ashar Harris and pulled within five on another freebie by Courtney Lumpkin.
The Eagles cut the Lady Tiger lead down to four, 84-80, with less than a minute to play but that would be as close as they would get. Kim Haynes hit a free-throw with seven seconds left to ice the win.
Tennessee State shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field in the win, including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from three-point range. Morehead State went 25-of-77 (32.5 percent) from the field while only connecting on 24.3 percent (9-of-37) of its three-pointers.
Despite committing 26 turnovers, TSU held the advantage in rebounds, 51-44.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Monday, Jan.23 when they travel to Charleston, Ill. to face the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Lantz Arena.