January 09, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
SIU Edwardsville810222161
Tennessee State Lady Tigers2113172273
Stats at a GlanceSIUEWTSU
FG Percentage.362 (21-58) .481 (26-54)
3P FG Percentage.357 (5-14) .533 (8-15)
FT Percentage.609 (14-23) .684 (13-19)
Offensive Rebounds1512
Defensive Rebounds1927
Total Rebounds3439
Turnovers1719
Steals27
Bench Points3118
LeadersSIUEWTSU
PointsBUTTS - 18
DAVIS - 20
ReboundsADAMS - 9
JOHNSON - 8
AssistsBUTTS - 4
COX - 5
StealsBUTTS - 1
ADAMS - 1
LAWRENCE - 3
BlocksBAUMAN - 2
DAVIS - 2
BRIGHTWELL - 2
Strong First-Half Earns Lady Tigers 73-61 Win Over SIUE
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Strong First-Half Earns Lady Tigers 73-61 Win Over SIUE
Jordan Brightwell had a career-high 13 points vs. SIUE | Photo by Katherine Seghers

FINAL BOX

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After being on the road for the past six games, the Lady Tigers opened up their first home game in a month with a 73-61 conference win over the SIUE Cougars on Saturday night in the Gentry Center.

The Lady Tigers (7-9, 2-1 OVC) had three players shoot in double-digits, including freshman Jordan Brightwell who had a career-high 13 points. Junior I’mani Davis led the Lady Tigers with 20, followed by fellow junior Jayda Johnson with 19.

SIUE (8-9, 3-1) had four players shoot in the double-digits, including Shronda Butts who led the Cougars with 18 points followed by Gwen Adams with 14. Sidney Smith collected 12 while Donshel Beck finished with 10.

The Lady Tigers used a strong first half, shooting 55.6 percent from beyond the arc, to take early control of the game.

TSU set the tone of the first quarter with back-to-back 3’s from Michelle Cox and I’mani Davis to jump ahead 6-0 with 8:09 left in the period. The Lady Tigers took advantage of SIUE turnovers to extend their lead 8-0 before allowing the Cougars to get on the board with a single free throw at the 6:52 mark.

Continued defensive pressure from the Lady Tigers led to more SIUE turnovers, allowing TSU to outscore the Cougars 13-7 in the remaining minutes of the first half for a 21-8 lead heading into the second. 

TSU led by 13 after outscoring the Cougars 7-6 in the opening minutes of the period, five of those points coming from Johnson. Following the media timeout, the Tigers tacked on six more with two shots from beyond the arc from Davis in the final minutes of the second for a 34-18 lead at the half. 

SIUE came out after the half looking to eat away at their 16-point deficit. The Cougars outscored the Lady Tigers 6-2 in the first two minutes of the period in effort to close the gap in the score. TSU pushed back with a 5-2 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Brightwell, to make the score 41-26 before the media timeout. Turnovers and fouls following the timeout would allow the Cougars to come within 10 points (42-32) of the Lady Tigers for the first time since early in the first quarter. A 9-8 run in the final minutes of the third would allow TSU to keep control of the game, leading 50-41 going into the final quarter of the contest. 

Sophomore Michelle Cox opened up the fourth with a 3-pointer to extend the Lady Tiger lead, 50-40. The Cougars responded with 9-2 run to cut their deficit to seven with 7:28 remaining in the game. TSU was quick to respond with a 6-2 run of its own before the media timeout at the 4:55 mark. The Lady Tigers only outscored the Cougars 11-10 in the final minutes of the game, but would come out on top with a 73-61 victory over SIUE, notching their second conference win of the season.

The Lady Tigers are back in action on Thursday as they take on OVC rival Austin Peay. Tip-off is set for 5:30 in the Gentry Center and will be followed by the men's game at 7:30. 

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