Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team won its third straight contest after defeating Tennessee Tech, 66-57, Thursday evening in the Eblen Center.
TSU (11-12, 8-4 OVC) shook off a slow start and never trailed in the second half against TTU (5-20, 2-10 OVC).
Despite only playing 25 minutes, Chelsea Hudson led the Lady Tigers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Brianna Lawrence finished the game with 13 points and six boards while I’mani Davis just missed double-digits with nine points.
Tech had two players reach double-figures led by Candace Parson’s 20 points and 13 rebounds. Samaria Howard tallied 15 points for the Golden Eagles.
TSU shot 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from the field through the first eight and a half minutes of the game and fell behind 15-8.
The offense saw a little light after Diamond Beatty found Jayda Johnson in the paint to end a five minute scoring drought at the 10:38 mark. The bucket sparked a 7-1 run that pulled the Lady Tigers to within one.
TSU managed to pull even just before the four-minute media and went into the locker room with a slight, 29-26, lead.
The Lady Tiger offense picked up momentum as a rally fueled by post play made the score, 44-33, in favor of TSU and forced a Tech timeout.
A couple of free-throws by Chelsea Hudson increased the advantage to, 51-37, with 8:36 left to play. The Golden Eagles scored the next five points but the Lady Tigers maintained their composure.
Briana Morrow connected in the paint to give TSU a 62-48 cushion but Tech used a spurt to cut the deficit down to single digits with 1:55 on the clock.
With just over one minute remaining, an old fashioned three-point play by Chelsea Hudson put the Lady Tigers back up by double-digits and they never looked back.
TSU shot 48.4 percent from the field in the second half and scored 38 points in the paint.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 14 against Eastern Kentucky. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.