December 06, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers1420101054
Mississippi State1322252282
Stats at a GlanceTSUMS
FG Percentage.368 (21-57) .422 (27-64)
3P FG Percentage.118 (2-17) .357 (5-14)
FT Percentage.769 (10-13) .742 (23-31)
Offensive Rebounds818
Defensive Rebounds2230
Total Rebounds3048
Turnovers3023
Steals109
Bench Points2237
LeadersTSUMS
PointsDAVIS - 14
Victoria Vivians - 22
ReboundsTEAM - 8
Chinwe Okorie - 13
AssistsPARKER - 2
DAVIS - 2
COX - 2
Jazzmun Holmes - 3
StealsPARKER - 2
LAWRENCE - 2
Victoria Vivians - 2
BlocksLAWRENCE - 1
Teaira McCowan - 1
Strong First Half Not Enough in Loss at No. 9 Mississippi State
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Strong First Half Not Enough in Loss at No. 9 Mississippi State
I'mani Davis led TSU with 14 points at Mississippi State

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Starkville, Miss. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team gave No. 9 Mississippi State all it could handle in the first half, but was outscored, 47-20, in the second frame and ultimately fell, 82-54, Sunday afternoon in Humphrey Coliseum.

TSU (4-4) had an impressive first half against the nationally ranked opponent, only trailing by one at halftime, but Mississippi State controlled the second frame and improved to 6-1.

I’mani Davis was the only Lady Tiger to reach double-figures with 14 points to go with five rebounds.

Mississippi State was led in scoring by Victoria Vivians (22), Breanna Richardson (14) and Chinwe Okorie (12).

Tennessee State got off to a good start against Mississippi State and used an 8-3 run fueled by three-straight buckets from Jayda Johnson to go ahead, 10-5, before the first media timeout. Out of the break, Samantha Palma sank a 15-footer to extend TSU’s advantage to, 12-5, but Miss State responded with eight unanswered points to take the lead, 13-12. Diamond Beatty connected in the paint to end a four-minute scoring drought and TSU had a slight, 14-13, lead at the end of the first period.

The Lady Tigers continued to roll in the second quarter. Asia Sims knocked down a triple from the corner before another TSU bucket made the score, 19-13. The Bulldogs used another run to regain the lead, 21-19, but a Diamond Beatty three-pointer coupled with a bucket by Asia Sims briefly put TSU back on top, 24-21.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a couple of Lady Tiger turnovers and once again claimed the lead. TSU fell behind by six points, its largest deficit of the game, but stayed within striking distance. A couple of late scores by Tia Wooten and Jayda Johnson pulled TSU to within one, 35-34, at the half.

Following a scoreless opening few minutes from both teams, TSU got on the board first with an old fashioned three-point play by I’mani Davis. After trading buckets over the next several possessions the teams played to a 42-all tie before the media timeout.

The momentum shifted when the teams returned to the court as Mississippi State dominated the glass and outscored Tennessee State, 12-2, to go ahead by double-digits.

With TSU in the bonus, Miss State made four free-throws to extend its lead to, 60-44, heading into the final quarter. While the previous periods had been fairly even, the Lady Tigers were outscored 25-10, in the third stanza.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers struggled to find their rhythm as a number of scoring droughts stymied the offense. TSU continued to fight but fell behind by more than 20-points with three-minutes ticked off the clock.

Despite their best efforts, the deficit proved too much to overcome.

While Tennessee State shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, the Lady Tigers only connected on 25 percent of their attempts in the third and 15.4 percent in the fourth.

Mississippi State won the battle of the boards, 48-30, and forced Tennessee State into 30 turnovers, in which they scored 38 points off of. MS also held the advantage in points in the paint (42-18).

Tennessee State returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 13 at home versus Lipscomb. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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