NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chelsea Hudson scored a game-high 21 points, and the Tennessee State women’s basketball team beat Jacksonville, 64-61, for the team’s first home win of the season.
Hudson made 6-of-11 from the floor and hauled in six boards to help TSU to a 42-33 advantage on the glass.
Imani Davis (12), Brianna Lawrence (11) and Rachel Allen (10) also scored in double-figures for Tennessee State (3-6).
Loliya Briggs paced Jacksonville (3-6) with 19 points and shot 50 percent from both the field (5-of-10) and three-point land (3-of-6).
Lawrence picked up where she left off on Monday (14 points at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi), opening the game with a three-pointer and a transition layup within the first 30 seconds.
The Lady Tiger starting post-player duo of Hudson and Davis took over scoring duties for the next 11 minutes, pouring in the team’s next 15 points to extend the lead to 20-13.
The home-side advantage ballooned all the way to 13 before JU countered with a 16-2 run to take the lead, 29-28, with just over two minutes to go before halftime. Three TSU turnovers led to six easy Dolphin points during the stretch.
Tia Wooten, who played in her first contest since Nov. 17, finally ended the spell by nailing back-to-back jumpers to give TSU a 34-31 lead during the break.
The Lady Tigers outshot the Dolphins, 41-37 percent, during the opening 20 minutes, and outrebounded them, too (22-19).
The score was tied at 44 when TSU entered the bonus with 11:34 left in the game. Three TSU fouls in the span of nine seconds put Jacksonville in the bonus just one minute later.
Making both teams score from the free-throw line favored JU, as the Dolphins made 4-of-5 from the stripe to go up, 53-47, at the 7:38 mark. The six-point cushion would be the largest for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Tigers responded by making four-straight freebies, and a jumper from Lawrence later put TSU back in front, 59-56, with under three minutes to play.
TSU still led by three with 1:05 on the clock, but a turnover and TSU foul allowed JU to cut the lead to one, 62-61.
Rachel Allen was able to break the ensuing press and dropped in a layup on the other end with just seconds left.
The Dolphins still had one more chance, but stalwart defense stymied the shot, forcing an air-ball and TSU’s second-straight victory.
The Lady Tigers will return to McLendon Court on Saturday night for a tilt against Troy. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.