Troy, Ala. --- In an impressive and hard fought road win, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team knocked off Troy, 77-71, Friday afternoon in Trojan Arena.
The Lady Tigers (1-2) picked up their first win of the season as the Trojans (2-1) suffered their first loss of the 2013-14 campaign. The game was tied when TSU outscored Troy 15-3 down the stretch. Despite a late rally by the opponent, TSU was able to knock down free-throws to seal the win.
Four Lady Tigers posted double-digits in scoring led by I’mani Davis who registered a double-double behind 15 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Hudson also notched a double-double, her second straight, with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Tennessee State got off to a good start, jumping out to a 10-3 lead over Troy. The Trojans responded with a run to pull within one and eventually took a, 20-17, advantage.
With about six minutes left in the half, TSU went on a run that was fueled by a couple of three pointers from I’mani Davis and Diamond Beatty to go back on top, 25-20.
The Lady Tigers led, 35-30, at halftime.
The second frame was a battle that featured a number of ties and lead changes.
Following two free-throws from Alana Morris, the score was at a, 56-56, deadlock with seven minutes remaining. On the next possession Chelsea Hudson knocked down a couple of freebies to give the lead back to the Lady Tigers.
Over the next few minutes, TSU put together a 15-3 run to pull away, 73-59.
Troy scored 11 unanswered points in the final two and half minutes but the Lady Tigers were able to keep the Trojans at bay.
The Lady Tigers shot 41.4 percent (29-of-70) from the field, including 40 percent from downtown.
TSU committed 30 turnovers in the contest but won the battle of the boards, 53-48. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in assists, 17-13, and bench points, 28-20.
Tennessee State will conclude its season-opening road trip this Sunday when the Lady Tigers play Florida A&M in the Al Lawson Center. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. (ET).