Johnson's 14 Leads TSU Against UT Martin
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Johnson's 14 Leads TSU Against UT Martin

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Jayda Johnson scored 14 points off of the bench, but the Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped its second-straight home game to UT Martin, 64-58, Wednesday.

Johnson had seven rebounds to go along with her team-leading points while I'mani Davis (11 points) and Chelsea Hudson (11 points) also scored in double figures for TSU (8-11, 5-3 OVC).

UTM (12-9, 8-0 OVC) had three scorers finish with over 10 points, but Ashia Jones led all scorers with 21.

The Tennessee State defense forced 22 turnovers, but made 18-of-71 shot attempts (25 percent).

UT Martin nailed a three to start the game and used a full-court press to jump out to a quick, 7-0, advantage. The Lady Tigers figured out the Skyhawk defense and eventually got within two at 17-15 when Johnson hit a triple at the 10:45 mark.

From that point, UTM made four consecutive baskets without a miss and went on an 11-4 run to raise its lead to nine with seven minutes to play before halftime.

The lead swelled to 12 before Hudson hit a closing jumper to put the home team behind, 40-30, heading into the break.

The Lady Tigers dominated down-low during the opening period, winning the battle of the boards (24-20) and outscoring the Skyhawks in the paint (18-8). However, UTM outshot TSU from the field (44-32 percent) and from deep (36-18 percent).

Tennessee State was able to trim the lead back down to nine when Johnson nailed a couple of freeibies at the 11:58 mark, but UT Martin quickly shut the door with eight straight points.

Even down by 17 at one point, the Lady Tigers stood strong and closed the game on a 10-2 run to fall by just six, 64-58.

Hudson secured a game-high 13 boards for her fifth straight double-double.

Tennessee State will return to the court on Jan. 31 for a home tilt against Jacksonville State at 5:30 p.m.

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