Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee State controlled the tempo for most of the game but couldn’t come away with the win in a, 76-74, loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi Thursday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (1-4) was outrebounded, 35-15, in the second-half and saw the game slip away down the stretch against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (3-2).
Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 22 points while Rachel Allen added 16. Jemilah Leonard posted a career-high 11 points.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi had four players to score in double-digits led by Brandi Huff’s15 points (11 rebounds). Jasmine Shaw added a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards while Brittany Mbamalu (11) and Camesha Davis (10) also tallied double-figures.
Tennessee State saw its opponent shoot nearly sixty percent from the floor in the first half but the Lady Tigers dominated the offensive boards and carried a, 40-34, lead into break.
The Islanders cut the Lady Tiger lead down to four in the opening possessions of the second half. TSU maintained the advantage and responded with a burst to go back up by double-digits following a jumper from Diamond Beatty.
TSU held on to at least a five-point cushion over the next several minutes but the visitors, however, would not go away
Later in the half, the Islanders evened the score before eventually capturing the lead.
TSU was trailing when Brianna Lawrence buried a triple to give the lead back to the Lady Tigers. TAMCC scored on its trip down the floor to even the score once again.
With time winding down, Texas A&M Corpus Christi used a three-point play to take the lead (76-74) lead with 5.0 seconds left to play.
TSU’s shot attempt on the next possession off the mark.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 24 at SEC member Ole Miss. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum.