Lady Tigers drop shootout to UT Martin, 114-105
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Lady Tigers drop shootout to UT Martin, 114-105

Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team scored a season-high 105 points and had six players to score in double-digits but it wasn't enough to hold off Tennessee Martin in a, 114-105, loss to the Skyhawks Monday night in the Gentry Center.

The point total marked the most points TSU has scored in a game since posting 106 against Valparaiso in the 1990 season. Additionally, the 219 combined points from both teams is a new OVC record as Morehead (110) and EKU (106) previously held the record from the 1992-93 season.

The OVC record-breaking game, featured five ties and seven lead changes.

Jasmin Shuler led all TSU (5-10, 1-2 OVC) scorers with 20 points while Kim Haynes scored 16. Avery Jones came off the bench to score 15 followed by Rachel Allen's 14 and Kesi Hess' 13. Tayla Foster registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Allen also dished out seven assists.

Jasmine Newsome tallied 37 points to lead UTM (8-6, 2-0 OVC) while Heather Butler scored 35. Taylor Hall also notched double-figures with 15 points. Butler and Newsome each recorded eight assists.

The game was tied 3-3 when a couple of three-pointers put UTM on top, 9-3. The Skyhawks stretched their advantage to 14-5 on another triple at the 15:11 mark.

Over the next couple of minutes, a 7-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Kim Haynes pulled TSU to within four, 16-12. The Lady Tigers were trailing, 18-12, when an old fashioned three-point play by Kim Haynes sparked a 10-0 run that put TSU on top, 22-18.

After UTM pulled even at 26-all, the teams traded buckets. Jasmin Shuler finally got going and hit her third triple of the half to give TSU a, 37-31, advantage with about five minutes left in the frame.

The Lady Tigers were holding on to a, 46-42, lead when a 6-1 run to close out the half gave TSU a, 52-43, advantage at the break.

In the second half, the visitors opened with an 8-0 run to chop TSU's lead down to, 54-51, with 2:20 ticked off the clock.

The Lady Tigers finally got on the board behind a lay-up from Avery Jones and went back up, 57-51, on a three-point play from Jones about a minute later.

The score was, 66-61, in favor of the home team when UTM hit two back-to-back three-pointers take a, 67-66, lead.

TSU was leading, 82-79, when UTM used a 14-0 run to create a little distance, 93-82, with about five minutes left in the game.

The Lady Tigers fell behind, 96-84, but continued to fight and clawed to within five, 105-100, on a lay-up by Simone Hopes (1:32). TSU turned the ball over on its next possession as UTM hit two free-throws to go up, 107-100.

The Skyhawks would go on to hit seven more free-throws in the last minute to secure the win. 

Tennessee State shot 43.9 percent (36-of-82) from the field, including 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from three-point range. TSU also went 18-of-25 (72 percent) from the free-throw line.

UT Martin went 38-of-72 (58.8 percent) from the field and 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from long range. The Skyhawks connected on 26-of-38 from the charity stripe.

TSU had 50 bench points and outrebounded the Skyhawks, 49-43, in the loss.

The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday at Jacksonville State. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.