January 02, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers1223151565
Southeast Missouri1120202475
Stats at a GlanceTSUSEMO
FG Percentage.397 (25-63) .407 (22-54)
3P FG Percentage.375 (6-16) .273 (3-11)
FT Percentage.500 (9-18) .848 (28-33)
Offensive Rebounds1417
Defensive Rebounds1627
Total Rebounds3044
Bench Points846
PointsDAVIS - 19
ReboundsTEAM - 5
AssistsCOX - 5
StealsDAVIS - 2
COX - 2
BlocksDAVIS - 2
Women’s Basketball Drops OVC Opener
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Women’s Basketball Drops OVC Opener
Photo by Aaron Palmer


Cape Girardeau, Mo. --- Four players scored in double-digits but it wasn’t enough as the Tennessee State women’s basketball team fell to Southeast Missouri, 75-65, on the road Saturday afternoon in the Show Me Center.

The game was a closely contested battle until the final moments of the fourth quarter when TSU was forced to foul as time winded down.

Tennessee State (5-9, 0-1 OVC) dropped its fifth straight contest while Southeast Missouri improved to 9-6 (2-0 OVC).

I’mani Davis led TSU with 19 points while Jayda Johnson added 12. Brianna Lawrence and Michelle Cox each finished with 11.

SEMO was led by Imani Johnson’s 20 points off the bench as Ashton Lutrell (17) and Brianna Mitchell (16) also reached double-digits.

Although Tennessee State held the lead for the majority of the first half, it was a tight game that featured four lead changes and two ties.

With the score knotted at 12-all, TSU used a 6-1 run to go ahead, 18-13 in the second quarter. SEMO responded with six unanswered points to take the lead, 19-18.

The Lady Tigers reclaimed the advantage on the next possession behind a three-pointer from Diamond Beatty but the score remained close.

Later in the period, TSU once again built a six-point lead, but the cushion was short-lived as the opponent sank five consecutive free-throws to pull within one.

Samantha Palma buried a 15-footer with seconds left on the clock to give the Lady Tigers a slight, 35-31, lead at the break. SEMO made 11 free-throws in the opening frame while TSU went 0-of-4 from the charity stripe.

In the second half, Jayda Johnson converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make the lead, 38-33, in favor of TSU.

Another three-point play, this time by I’mani Davis, increased the Lady Tiger advantage to 45-38 at the 5:05 mark. But three-straight triples from SEMO’s Ashton Lutrull erased the TSU lead and put the Redhawks on top, 47-46.

Heading into the final quarter, TSU trailed, 51-50.

On the opening possession of the fourth quarter, Michelle Cox buried a three-pointer from the corner to briefly give TSU the lead but SEMO scored the next six points to move ahead, 57-53.

A three-point play by SEMO followed by a TSU turnover led to the Lady Tigers falling behind, 62-54, with 6:45 remaining.

The Lady Tigers continued to fight and used a 5-0 spurt to cut the deficit down to three with under five-minutes left to play.

The Redhawks, however, used another rally to increase their advantage to 70-62 with 1:35 remaining. Michelle Cox connected from long-range to make the score, 70-65 but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.

TSU’s shot attempt on the next possession was off the mark and the SEMO nailed two freebies to go ahead, 72-65, with 36.8 seconds left.

SEMO won the battle of the boards, 44-30, and scored 46 bench points. The Redhawks also held the advantage in second chance points, 19-11.