Knoxville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s basketball team got off to a strong start against #4 Tennessee but ultimately fell to the SEC opponent, 97-46, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee (4-0) had four players to score in double-figures led by Nia Moore’s 23 points.
The Lady Tigers stunned the Lady Vols and jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind buckets from Rachel Allen and I’mani Davis. A break-away lay-up by Chelsea Hudson made the score 8-2 in favor of TSU before Allen buried a three-pointer to put the visitors on top, 13-5.
TSU shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first six minutes and led, 15-9, at the first media timeout. Allen knocked down another from long range to give TSU a 20-14 advantage but foul trouble and increased defensive pressure by UT would lead to a six-minute scoring drought for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Vols scored 23 unanswered points to capture the lead. Rachel Allen connected from downtown for the third time to end the scoring skid but, by then, UT had built the lead to 36-23. The Lady Tigers were outscored, 8-4, in the final five minutes of the half and went into the break trailing, 44-27.
TSU outrebounded UT, 24-17, in the first stanza.
The Lady Tigers opened the second half by outscoring the Lady Vols, 6-4 but UT turned up its defensive pressure and held TSU to just four points over the next ten minutes.
Despite outrebounding the Lady Vols, 42-37, in the contest , the Lady Tigers were held to just 19 second half points.
TSU will not return to the court until Saturday, Nov. 29 when the Lady Tigers face Norfolk State in the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic at 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center.