Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team used a dominating second half performance to defeat Lipscomb University, 80-54, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (1-2) picked up its first win of the season while Lipscomb fell to 0-3.
Freshman Rachel Allen led a balanced TSU scoring attack by posting a season-high 18 points while junior Jasmin Shuler added 17. Freshman Donyeah Mayfield added 10 points while redshirt-freshman Chelsea Hudson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for the Lady Tigers.
Hannah Phillips had 15 points to lead Lipscomb while Anna Bowers recorded 13. Brittany Duerk tallied eight rebounds for the Lady Bisons.
Tennessee State only committed 12 turnovers in the game while forcing Lipscomb to 25 miscues. TSU shot 39 percent (30-of-77) from the field, including 25.0 percent from long range, while knocking down 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free-throw line.
LU finished the contest going 18-of-53 from the field, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. The Lady Bisons only connected on 59.1 percent (13-of-22) of their free-throws.
Both teams got off to a slow start before Lipscomb used a couple of three-pointers to go ahead 10-4. TSU cut the deficit down to two on a bucket by Destiney Gaston before a triple by Jasmin Shuler evened the score at 16-all.
TSU took the lead at the 6:08 mark behind a lay-up from Chelsea Hudson and increased the advantage to 20-16 moments later. Lipscomb continued to knock down the long-range shot and knotted the score, 21-21, with a little less than five minutes left in the half.
The teams traded buckets over the next few minutes then Kesi Hess nailed a triple just before halftime to give TSU a, 29-24, lead at the break.
Lipscomb scored the first points of the second half but it was TSU that captured the momentum early. A bucket by Rachel Allen sparked an 8-0 run that put the Lady Tigers on top by double-digits. TSU stretched the advantage to 48-36 when Alana Morris found Jasmin Shuler in the corner for another three-pointer.
The Lady Tigers continued to roll and swelled the lead to 61-39 with 9:28 left to on the clock.
With less than seven minutes to play, a put back and a couple of free-throws by Tayla Foster made the score 69-44 in favor of the home team before Chelsea Hudson put TSU on top by 30 (78-48) at the 3:33 mark.
Lipscomb scored with 1:18 remaining to make the final score, 80-54.
TSU had 27 points off turnovers and outscored the Lady Bisons 45 to 18 in the paint. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in rebounds, 49-41, bench points, 33-15, steals 13-7, and blocks, 6-3.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday when they host Cumberland University. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.