NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Lady Tigers three-game winning came to an end Monday night at the Gentry Center as UT-Martin used a big first half run to defeat TSU 77-58.
Chelsea Hudson had a season-high 17 points off the bench in 21 minutes, but it wasn't enough as TSU didn't have anyone else reach double figures. Kesi Hess and Simone Hopes added nine points, while Tanesha Stenson and Destiney Gaston both had eight points off the bench
The game started off at a fever pace with TSU (11-13, 7-6 OVC) and UTM (13-14, 8-5 OVC) tied at 10 just three minutes, 30 seconds into the contest. A Jasmine Newsome three tied the game at 10 for the Skyhawks, which was the catalyst for a 17-0 run over the next 4:50 to give Martin a 24-10 advantage.
Newsome had 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Teammate Heather Butler equaled Newsome with 31 points on 7-of-18 shooting and six boards. The juniors combined to go 8-for-17 from three.
After scoring 10 points in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game, it took TSU nearly 12 minutes to score their next 10. TSU shot 4-of-6 from the floor to start the game, including a pair of three's from Hess, before missing 13 of their next 15 attempts.
UT-Martin headed into the locker room with all the momentum and a 44-28 lead.
The game slowed down early in the second half as it took the two OVC teams until 11:32 remaining in the game to combine for the 20 points that it took them all of 3:30 of the first half to do.
The Big Blue never cut the deficit to single digits as they closest they got in the second half with 13.
TSU shot 30 percent from the field (20-of-66) while UTM shot 46 percent (26-of-56), including 58 percent in the first half.
The Lady Tigers did hold the advantage on the glass outrebounding UT-Martin 44-38 and pulling down 22 boards on the offensive end.
The Skyhawks have now won the last six meetings.
TSU has the rest of the week off until their next game at SIU-Edwardsville (13-13, 7-7 OVC) on Monday, Feb. 25th at 7 p.m.
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