Murray, Ky. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held off Murray State, 76-72, Thursday night in the CFSB Center.
Tennessee State (6-9, 3-1 OVC) led by as many as 15-points in the first half but had to fight Murray State (5-12, 0-4 OVC) off down the stretch.
The Lady Tigers had five players score in double-figures and two post double-doubles. Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 15 points and 11 rebounds while I’mani Davis registered 14 points and 10 boards. Briana Morrow finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds while Jayda Johnson came off the bench to score 13. LaTeasha Hill recorded a career-high 10 points off the bench. Rachel Allen dished out nine assists in the contest.
Ke’Shunan James led MSU with 19 points while Olivia Cunningham (18) and Keiona Kirby (16) also notched double-digits.
TSU jumped out to a 7-0 advantage and led 14-6 at the first media timeout. Out of the break, a layup by Jayda Johnson sparked a 7-0 run that put the Lady Tigers on top, 21-6.
TSU maintained a double-digit lead for most of the first half until MSU used a 10-0 run to chop the deficit down to two points, 36-34, just before the half. During the drought, the Lady Tigers went 0-of-7 from the field.
The second half was a battle that saw both teams trade buckets and the lead. TSU managed to build a four-point advantage following buckets from LaTeasha Hill and Jemilah Leonard but MSU pulled even once again.
At the final media timeout, the teams had played to a 65-65 deadlock. With 2:55 on the clock, I’mani Davis scored on a putback to make the score, 68-67, in favor of TSU. Briana Morrow knocked down a couple of free-throws to increase TSU’s lead to three points but the Racers buried a triple on their next possession to knot the score at 70-all.
A few moments later, Chelsea Hudson knocked down a free-throw to make TSU’s lead, 73-72, before I’mani Davis hit another freebie to put TSU on top, 74-72, with 15 seconds remaining.
The Racers drove the length of the floor but missed their shot attempt. TSU came away with the rebound and the MSU was forced to foul.
Senior Briana Morrow stepped up to the line and buried two free-throws to give the Lady Tigers a 76-72 cushion with 1.3 seconds remaining.
Murray State’s final shot attempt was off the mark.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, Jan.17 at Austin Peay. Game time is slated for 4:30 p.m. in the Dunn Center.