|December 30, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||YSU|
|FG Percentage||.385 (25-65)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.227 (5-22)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (5-10)||.696 (16-23)|
JOHNSON - 8
JOHNSON - 3
BEARD - 3
JOHNSON - 2
CASH - 2
CASH - 1
JACKSON - 1
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped a 69-58 contest at Youngstown State on Wednesday night. TSU was held to 17 percent shooting the third quarter and 23 second half points as they dropped to 5-8 in the final tune up game before conference play. YSU improved to 10-2 as they shot over 50 percent during the second half.
The Lady Tigers jumped out quickly to a 4-0 lead behind jumpers from I’mani Davis and Jayda Johnson. TSU continued to hold until midway through the first period when the Penguins pushed ahead at 9-8.
Trailing 12-10, TSU would regain the advantage as they closed out the first period with a 9-5 run. After Johnson evened the score at 12-12, Michelle Cox buried a pair of jumpers, including a three-pointer with just over a minute remaining for a 17-13 lead.
Johnson closed out the scoring in the quarter with a pair of free throws just before Alison Smolinski got a hold of a loose ball and hit a 12-foot jumper at the horn to make the score 19-17 at the end of the first period.
In the second period, The Lady Tigers would close out with 11 points in the final 2:18. Davis began the scoring with a jumper making the score 26-22. After a pair of YSU free throws, Brianna Lawrence hit a three and was followed by a bucket-and-a-foul three point play for Johnson extending the lead to eight.
TSU entered the locker room at the break with a 35-27 lead after Jordan Brightwell drained a three with 11 seconds remaining on the clock.
The second half began with the Penguins going on a 12-0 run, erasing the Lady Tigers lead and going ahead 39-35. The streak would end at 4:18 of the third quarter on an eight-foot jumper by Tiana Parker.
On the next YSU possession, Maxine Beard picked the pocket of Janae Jackson and fed Lawrence for a breakaway stop-and-pop in the lane to tie the game at 39-39. TSU regained the lead after another Penguins turnover, leading to a Lawrence bucket with 3:20 to go in the third.
The advantage would be the last of the game for the Lady Tigers as YSU scored the final 10 points, grabbing a 49-41 lead heading into the final stanza.
Davis opened the final quarter with a jumper to cut the deficit to six, but the Penguins would regain control and keep TSU at a 10 point disadvantage for most of the period.
The Lady Tigers finished the game with three players in double-digits. Johnson led for the third consecutive game scoring 19 points while pulling down eight boards. Davis joined Johnson for the lead in rebounds and added 10 points, two blocks and two steals. Lawrence rounded out the scoring trio with 12 points.
TSU will begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Southeast Missouri State. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.