Dallas, Texas --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 61-48, in the consolation game of the Hoops for the Cure tournament Saturday afternoon in Moody Coliseum.
With the win, TSU improved to 3-4 and finished the tournament 1-1. Cal State Fullerton dropped its second straight and moved to 3-2 on the season.
Megan Richardson had 18 points to lead Fullerton.
The Lady Tigers used their pressure defense to grab a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout. With 14:52 on the clock a bucket by Tayla Foster sparked an 8-2 run that put TSU on top 17-6 and forced a Fullerton timeout.
The Lady Tigers stretched the advantage to 22-9 behind a three-pointer from Jasmin Shuler before the Titans used five unanswered points to make the score, 22-14, with 8:27 remaining in the half.
TSU outscored CSF 9-3 over the next four minutes to go up 31-17 before going into halftime leading 31-17.
Four empty possessions and five quick points from the opponent led to Fullerton cutting the deficit down to, 36-26, with less than two minutes ticked off the clock in the second half.
TSU was leading 40-30 when both teams went on a four-minute scoring drought. Rachel Allen snapped the skid for the Lady Tigers with a pull-up at the free-throw line to make the score 42-30 at the 10:48 mark.
A steal and another bucket from Rachel Allen made TSU's lead 44-30 before Fullerton used four straight points to pull within 10.
The Titans cut the deficit to single digits, 47-39, with 6:16 left in the game but back-to-back triples from Jasmin Shuler put TSU back on top, 53-41.
The Titans closed to within 10 once again at the 2:32 mark but the Lady Tigers were able to keep them at bay.
Tennessee State finished the game shooting 22-of-60 (36.7percent) from the field, including 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from three-point range. TSU knocked down 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free-throw line.
The Lady Tigers won the battle of the boards, 56-39 and also held the advantage in assists, 13-7.
Next, the Lady Tigers will make the short trip to face the University of Memphis on Thursday, Dec. 1. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Elma Roane Field House.