December 20, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers1110212264
Florida Atlantic197192469
Stats at a GlanceTSUFAU
FG Percentage.333 (24-72) .364 (20-55)
3P FG Percentage.381 (8-21) .360 (9-25)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .800 (20-25)
Offensive Rebounds166
Defensive Rebounds3233
Total Rebounds4839
Bench Points2210
PointsJOHNSON - 14
ReboundsJOHNSON - 10
AssistsBEARD - 4
StealsDAVIS - 3
BlocksPARKER - 1
Comeback Falls Short in, 69-64, Loss to FAU
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Comeback Falls Short in, 69-64, Loss to FAU
Sam Palma had 12 points vs FAU | Photo by Todd Goodrich


Missoula, Mont. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team battled back from a 10-point deficit but ultimately fell to Florida Atlantic, 69-64, in the consolation game of the Lady Griz Classic hosted.

The first quarter turned out to be the difference as TSU (5-6) outscored Florida Atlantic (6-3) the rest of the game.

Jayda Johnson notched a double-double for TSU with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Samantha Palma came off the bench to score 12. I’mani Davis, who was named to the All-Tournament team, recorded 11 points and eight rebounds as Brianna Lawrence finished the game with 10 points. In her first start as a Lady Tiger, Maxine Beard had five points, four assists and two rebounds.

FAU was paced by Morgan Robinson’s 18 points while Ali Gorrell posted 16.

After knocking a three-pointer down on the opening possession, TSU fell behind 11-3. The Lady Tigers answered with a 6-0 run fueled by five points from Brianna Lawrence to pull within two before the media timeout.

Out of the break, however, Florida Atlantic used an 8-2 run to go in front 19-11 just before the end of the quarter. TSU only shot 16.7 percent in the opening frame while FAU knocked down 42.9 percent of its attempts.

The Lady Tigers fell behind by double-digits after the Owls scored on their first possession of the second period. Later in the quarter, Jayda Johnson scored in the paint to spark a rally that cut TSU’s deficit down to four points. From there, the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance and trailed, 26-21, at halftime.

In the second half, TSU’s post players got active and scored eight consecutive points to pull TSU within one and force an FAU timeout. The Lady Tigers continued to push and pulled even, 34-34, on a putback by Lawrence with 5:05 on the clock.

After trading buckets over several possessions, TSU managed to build a four-point cushion. The lead was short lived though as back-to-back three-pointers from the opponent put the Owls back on top, 53-51.

TSU went without a score over the next four minutes and FAU took advantage of the scoring drought. The Owls increased their advantage to, 60-51 and forced a TSU timeout.

TSU responded out of the break and triples from Brianna Lawrence and Maxine Beard closed the gap to three points, 60-57.

With 1:54 remaining in the game, TSU was down, 65-59, when I’mani Davis buried a long range bomb to make the score, 65-62.

Maxine Beard found Samantha Palma in the paint to bring TSU to within one, 65-64, with 1:10 remaining but a turnover on the next possession gave the ball back to FAU.

Down by three, TSU’s shot attempt on the next possession fell short. The Lady Tigers were forced to foul and the Owls made good on both free-throws to seal the win.

Tennessee State finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range. The Lady Tigers held the advantage in rebounds, 48-39, and steals, 10-4 but the Owls went 20-of-25 from the free-throw line compared to TSU’s 8-of-11.