|January 27, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||UTM|
|FG Percentage||.302 (19-63)||.578 (26-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (6-20)||.667 (14-21)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (6-8)||.917 (11-12)|
SIMS - 1
COPNEY - 2
Martin, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a disappointing, 77-50, decision to UT Martin Wednesday night in Skyhawk Arena.
Tennessee State (9-12, 4-4 OVC) struggled to find its rhythm on both ends of the floor the entire night and turned the ball over 22 times. Jayda Johnson led TSU with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Brianna Lawrence added 12 points and three steals.
UT Martin (13-7, 6-1 OVC) was led in scoring by Haley Howard’s 22 points while Jessy Ward posted 20. Shy Copney came off the bench to score 10.
The game was tied at 10-all midway through the opening frame when UT Martin rallied off 11 unanswered points to go ahead, 21-10. Brianna Lawrence hit a lay-up just before the quarter ended to make the score 21-12 in UTM’s favor.
The Lady Tigers continued to struggle with the Skyhawk defense in the second period and fell behind, 28-12 at the 7:14 mark. TSU went without scoring for four minutes until Lawrence connected from long range with 6:09 on the clock.
The Lady Tigers trailed by as many as 17 before going into the locker room down, 35-23.
The second half wasn’t much better for the Lady Tigers. TSU turnovers coupled with an 8-0 run by Martin swelled the lead to, 43-23, with less than two-minutes ticked off the clock.
TSU burned a timeout in an attempt to slow the UTM offense down but the opponent continued to roll. The Lady Tigers were outscored, 18-6, in the opening five minutes of the third quarter and trailed 53-29 at the media timeout.
Tennessee State trailed 60-35 heading into the final quarter and never recovered.
For the game, TSU shot 30.2 percent from the field (19-of-63), including 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from three-point range.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Jacksonville State. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Pete Mathews Coliseum.