NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped the final game of the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic to Youngstown State, 73-66, on Sunday afternoon.
Heidi Schlegel led a quartet of YSU double-digit scorers with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. She also recorded a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Penguins made their first seven shots of the game, and quickly built a, 22-9, lead through the first 10 minutes. YSU was doing most of its damage from in-close and 10 of the team’s first 15 points came from the paint.
The Lady Tigers were able to cut the lead to six later in the half when Diamond Beatty canned a corner three-pointer with two minutes to go in the half. However, another YSU layup made the score 36-29 at the intermission.
TSU forced 13 first-half turnovers, but was beaten 30-12 on the boards during the opening 20 minutes.
A triple by freshman Michelle Cox at the 10:20 mark cut the advantage back to seven after the Penguins had stretched their lead to 12 earlier in the period.
From there, YSU made five straight shots to go up by 17, and a 10-3 TSU run to close the game could not change the game’s outcome.
Tennessee State will stay home for a Dec. 6 meeting with North Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Gentry Center.