January 24, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers1420171465
Stats at a GlanceTSUBEL
FG Percentage.383 (23-60) .453 (29-64)
3P FG Percentage.400 (10-25) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage.643 (9-14) .714 (15-21)
Offensive Rebounds1113
Defensive Rebounds2628
Total Rebounds3741
Bench Points2817
PointsDAVIS - 13
ReboundsBRIGHTWELL - 10
AssistsJOHNSON - 3
StealsDAVIS - 2
COX - 2
BlocksPALMA - 2
Lady Tigers Run Out of Steam in Loss to Belmont
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Lady Tigers Run Out of Steam in Loss to Belmont
Diamond Beatty had 12 points off the bench vs Belmont


NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Belmont, 80-65, Sunday afternoon in the Curb Event Center.

The game was a fiercely contested battle that wasn’t decided until the final four minutes. After leading by one at the break, TSU was outscored in the third quarter and trailed heading into the fourth. The Lady Tigers continued to fight and rallied to within three but went without a field goal in the final four minutes of the game.

Tennessee State dropped its second straight and fell to 9-11 (4-3 OVC). I’mani Davis led TSU with 13 points while Jayda Johnson and Diamond Beatty each tallied 12. Jordan Brightwell finished the game with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Sally McCabe led Belmont (13-7, 5-2 OVC) with 18 points while Sierra Jones added 15. Kylee Smith and Darby Maggard each posted 12 points.

TSU led 8-5 at the first media timeout but Belmont came out of the break with a 7-0 run to go ahead, 12-8. The Lady Tigers answered with a 6-0 spurt to briefly reclaim the lead but a jumper by Sierra Jones as the time ticked off the clock pulled both teams even, 14-14, at the end of the opening quarter.

The second period was a battle that featured two ties and three lead changes. TSU was holding on to a slight, 27-26, advantage midway through the frame when an I’mani Davis three-pointer followed by Jayda Johnson’s bucket in the paint put the Lady Tigers on top, 32-26.

BU answered and once again pulled to within one and trailed TSU, 34-33, at halftime.

The slug fest continued in the second half as the teams traded buckets and played to a 43-43 tie at the 5:38 mark. Belmont created a little distance after six unanswered points made the score, 49-43, in the opponent’s favor.

Five quick points from Jordan Brightwell cut TSU’s deficit down to just one, 49-48, at the 2:09 mark but BU closed out the period with a 7-2 run to carry a 58-51 lead into the final quarter.

The last stanza was an uphill battle for the Lady Tigers but despite falling behind, 60-51, TSU continued to fight. A three-pointer from Asia Sims and timely scores from Jayda Johnson fueled a rally that pulled TSU to within three, 65-62, at the 4:35 mark.

But that would be the last field foal that Tennessee State would score in the game. Belmont took advantage of the drought and extended its lead to 71-62 with 1:52 left to play.

The Lady Tigers used a timeout in an attempt to slow the Bruins down but four more quick points from BU out of the break put the game out of reach.

Belmont tacked on a number of free-throws down the stretch to make the final score, 80-65.

TSU will continue its road swing on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at UT Martin. Game time for the OVC match-up is set for 6 p.m. in Skyhawk Arena.