FINAL BOX SCORE
Manhattan, Kan. --- Offensive struggles hampered the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team in an, 85-53, loss to Big 12 member Kansas State Friday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
TSU (0-1) shot 25.4 percent (16-of-63) from the field while only connecting 4-of-21 from beyond the arc.
After a few early misses and a couple of turnovers, Tennessee State fell behind, 11-0, before the first media timeout.
Brianna Lawrence nailed a triple from the top of the key to get TSU on the board about five minutes into the game. The bucket sparked a 10-5 run that brought the Lady Tigers to within six, 16-10, at the 11:23 mark.
The score was, 27-16, in favor of Kansas State when the Wildcats used a 13-3 run to carry a, 40-19, advantage into the halftime break.
TSU opened the second half by outscoring K-State 11-7 and continued to chip away at the lead. Over a span of three and a half minutes the Lady Tigers put together a 9-2 rally that including six points from Chelsea Hudson and a triple from Brianna Lawrence.
The spurt cut the deficit down to 13 and forced a K-State timeout. TSU, however, went scoreless over the next six minutes and saw the lead balloon back up to, 67-39.
A reverse lay-up by Hudson snapped the scoring drought for TSU with 5:42 left on the clock before K-State closed the half with another rally to make the final score, 85-53.
Tennessee State registered 14 steals, seven assists and three blocks in the contest. TSU lost the battle of the boards, 43-34, and committed 20 turnovers.
The Lady Tigers continue their season-opening road swing with a contest at Kennesaw State on Monday, Nov. 11. Game-time is slated for 7 p.m. eastern in the KSU Convocation Center.