Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with an impressive, 70-53, win over Belmont Saturday afternoon in the Curb Event Center.
With the victory, TSU improved to 15-12 (12-4 OVC) and earned the third seed in the 2015 OVC Basketball Tournament. The win extended TSU’s win streak to seven games.
Belmont was led by Katie Carroll’s 13 points while Frankie Joubran scored 10.
The Tennessee State defense was stifling to start the game as Belmont was held without a field goal during the opening five minutes. TSU jumped out to an 8-1 lead but the three-point shooting of BU’s Katie Carroll got the opponents back into the contest.
The Bruins cut the deficit down to just one, 20-19, with 6:25 remaining in the half. Over the next several possessions, although the teams traded buckets, the Lady Tigers maintained at least a two-point lead.
TSU shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field and buried seven triples in the opening stanza.
A three-point play by Briana Morrow got TSU on the board in the second frame and sparked a 9-4 run that increased the lead to 50-32 before the media timeout.
Another old fashioned three-point play by Jayda Johnson swelled the TSU lead to 21 points before a Johnson steal led to TSU going up, 61-36, with a little over 10-minutes left to play.
Over the next five minutes, TSU went without a score and BU took advantage of the drought with a 9-0 run.
The Lady Tigers weathered the storm as I’mani Davis scored four straight points to shift the momentum back to TSU.
TSU will play #6 seed Morehead State in the first round of tournament on Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium.