|February 03, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||EKUW||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.444 (24-54)||.415 (27-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.154 (2-13)|
|FT Percentage||.680 (17-25)||.667 (10-15)|
LAWRENCE - 3
HENSHAW - 1
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell for the first time at home this season in a heartbreaking, 70-66, loss to Eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State (9-14, 4-6 OVC) led by double-digits heading into the fourth quarter but a dismal final frame in which the Lady Tigers only managed to score nine points proved to be the difference. The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak (dating back to last year) for TSU and handed the Lady Tigers their first home loss of the season.
Jadya Johnson finished the game with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds while Jordan Brightwell added 14 and I’mani Davis recorded 11.
Eastern Kentucky (12-9, 6-4 OVC) was led in scoring by Jalen O’Bannon who posted a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Shameekia Murray (14) and Abby Wright (12) also scored double-digits.
In the first quarter, TSU was holding a slight 7-6 lead when an 8-0 run put the Lady Tigers on top 15-6. TSU maintained at least a four-point cushion over the next several possessions and led 20-13 and the end of first period.
A three-pointer by I’mani Davis followed by a bucket from Jayda Johnson increased TSU’s advantage to 25-13 and led to an EKU timeout.
The break proved timely as the Colonels took advantage of TSU turnovers and outscored the Lady Tigers 12-2 to pull within two, 27-25.
EKU tied the game with 1:24 on the clock before TSU carried a 39-37 lead into the locker room.
Jayda Johnson (12) and Jordan Brightwell (10) had double-digits for TSU at the half.
After a slow start by both teams in the second half, TSU moved ahead 52-45, when Tyesha Hood made a free-throw at the 1:28 mark.
The Lady Tigers increased their advantage to 57-45 when Diamond Beatty knocked down a long jumper at the buzzer.
In the final quarter, EKU scored the first points of the frame to make score, 57-48, in favor of the home team. The visitors continued to push and used a 9-1 run to cut the deficit down to just four points, 58-54, at the 7:42 mark.
TSU burned a timeout in attempt to halt the EKU rally. Out of the break, two quick buckets including a break-away layup from Jordan Brightwell, ended the TSU drought and made the score, 62-54.
TSU’s next several possessions were empty and EKU once again erased the deficit. TSU was holding on to a slight, 64-63, lead when a turnover gave the ball back to EKU.
The Colonels knotted the game with a free-throw on the next possession.
EKU took the lead on a three-point play by Michaela Hunter with 1:41 remaining and TSU committed a turnover on its next trip down the floor.
TSU trailed 68-66 with time winding down and the shot attempt to tie was off the mark. The Lady Tigers were forced to foul and put EKU on the line. The Colonels made one-of-two and increased their lead to, 69-66 with 10.4 seconds remaining.
After using a timeout to advance the ball, TSU’s three-point attempt was off the mark. The ensuing possession, EKU made one free-throw with 2.5 seconds left to make the final, 70-66.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 6 versus Morehead State. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.