January 06, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers720142162
Eastern Illinois101891653
Stats at a GlanceTSUEIU
FG Percentage.354 (23-65) .310 (18-58)
3P FG Percentage.188 (3-16) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.650 (13-20) .474 (9-19)
Offensive Rebounds2513
Defensive Rebounds3220
Total Rebounds5733
Bench Points618
PointsJOHNSON - 21
ReboundsJOHNSON - 13
AssistsCOX - 7
StealsDAVIS - 4
BlocksDAVIS - 2
Strong Second Half Lifts Lady Tigers Past EIU
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Strong Second Half Lifts Lady Tigers Past EIU


Charleston, Ill. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak after defeating Eastern Illinois, 62-53, in Lantz Arena Wednesday afternoon.

After a dismal start, TSU outscored EIU, 35-25, in the second half and held the Panthers off down the stretch.

The Lady Tigers (6-9, 1-1 OVC) were led in scoring by Jayda Johnson (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Samantha Palma (15 points, 10 rebounds) who each recorded double-doubles. Brianna Lawrence and I’mani Davis also pulled down double-digit rebounds with, 11 and 10 respectively.

Lennox Grace led Eastern Illinois (1-14, 0-3 OVC) in scoring with 15 points while Erica Brown posted 12.

The TSU offense got off to a slow start but despite only scoring three field goals in the opening ten minutes, the Lady Tigers only trailed 10-7 heading into the second quarter.

The offensive woes continued in the second half and TSU fell behind, 14-7, after going without a basket the first four minutes of the period. The Lady Tigers finally got on the board behind a jumper from Samantha Palma but continued to trail the Panthers.

The Lady Tigers made a push during the final two minutes of the half and pulled to within one, 28-27, at the break.

The momentum from the end of the first half did not carry over to the third quarter as TSU once again suffered through a scoring drought.

The Lady Tigers, however, remained within striking distance and a three-point basket from Michelle Cox closed the gap to, 34-32, at 5:27 mark.

The momentum seemed to shift to TSU when back-to-back buckets from Jayda Johnson followed by a couple of freebies from I’mani Davis gave the Lady Tigers a, 41-37, advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Tigers kept their foot on the gas pedal and scored on two straight possessions to go ahead, 45-37, and force a Panther timeout.

TSU increased the lead to double-digits when Brianna Lawrence connected from 15-feet. A few possessions later, Palma converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score, 52-40, with 4:31 left to play.

The Panthers attempted a comeback down the stretch but the Lady Tigers were able to keep the opponent at bay.

Tennessee State shot 35.4 percent from the field while Eastern Illinois connected 31.0 percent from the floor. TSU committed 20 turnovers compared to EIU’s 12 but dominated the boards, 57-33.

The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday when they host SIUE in a rematch of the OVC Tournament semifinals. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.