Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee State had two players to score at least 20 points in an, 86-74, win over Eastern Kentucky, Saturday night in the Gentry Center.
The victory extended TSU’s winning streak to four games and improved the team’s overall record to 12-12 (9-4 OVC).
Tennessee State trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half but outscored Eastern Kentucky, 48-33, in the second frame.
Briana Morrow led the charge for the Lady Tigers posting a career-high 24 points to go with 13 rebounds for a double-double. I’mani Davis also registered a career-high with 23 points. Chelsea Hudson notched her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 boards.
Eastern Kentucky was led in scoring by Michaela Hunter’s 19 points while Shelly Harper and Shameekia Murray each tallied 14. Harper also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.
TSU got off to a slow start and fell behind, 11-4, early in the half. The Lady Tigers responded with an 8-2 run to pull within one, however. After briefly taking a one-point lead, another scoring drought saw the home team sink into a, 32-19, hole.
Brianna Lawrence knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to end a four and a half minute scoring skid but the Lady Tigers still trailed by double-digits.
A steal and break-away layup by Lawrence cut the deficit down to seven before the Lady Tigers rallied to go into the halftime break only down by three.
TSU scored the first four points of the second half to go ahead, 42-41, and from there, the teams traded buckets.
The Lady Tigers were able to create a small five-point cushion after back-to-back triples from I’mani Davis. The six-point spurt forced an EKU timeout.
By the 7:35 mark, TSU had built its advantage up to, 70-56. Despite a late push by the opponents, the Lady Tigers maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
TSU outscored EKU, 44-26, in the paint and held a, 57-42, advantage in rebounds.
Tennessee State will have a week off before returning to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Jacksonville State. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.