|February 10, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TTUW||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.386 (22-57)||.339 (21-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.167 (1-6)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.826 (19-23)||.533 (8-15)|
JENNINGS - 1
GOOLSBY - 1
HOWARD - 1
DEAN - 1
PARSON - 1
SMITH - 1
BRIGHTWELL - 1
LAWRENCE - 1
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team overcame a 15-point deficit but could not complete the comeback in a 64-56 loss to Tennessee Tech Wednesday night in the Gentry Center.
TSU outscored TTU 16-9 in the third quarter to pull even just before the final quarter but the visitors were able to rally down the stretch to keep the Lady Tigers at bay.
Tennessee State fell to 10-15 (5-7 OVC) while Tennessee Tech improved to 8-17 (4-8 OVC).
Jayda Johnson led TSU with 23 points while Brianna Lawrence added 16. I’mani Davis posted a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) for the second consecutive game.
TTU was led in scoring by Samaria Howard’s 16 points while Alliyah Smith (13) and Candace Parson (11) also registered double-digits in scoring.
Despite shooting 26.7 percent from the field and only making four field goals in the opening quarter, TSU only trailed 14-12 heading into the second period.
The Lady Tigers, however, came out flat to start the second quarter and were outscored 9-0 before falling into a 23-12 hole.
TSU fell behind by 15 points before finally managing to get into a rhythm. The Lady Tigers closed out the quarter with a 10-2 run fueled by six points from Brianna Lawrence to go into the halftime break trailing, 35-28.
TSU played from behind for most of the third quarter but slowly chipped away at the opponent’s lead. With a little over three minutes left to play Brianna Lawrence connected from long range to pull the Lady Tigers to within three, 42-39.
Later in the frame, Diamond Beatty buried a triple to cut the deficit down to just two points. On TSU’s next possession, Beatty found I’mani Davis in the paint to even the score at 44-44 all.
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded buckets until Tech created a little distance with a 4-0 spurt that put the visitors on top, 55-49 with a little over five-minutes left to play.
The Golden Eagles stretched their advantage to, 59-51, at the 4:27 mark and maintained at least a six-point over the next several possessions. TSU tried to get back into the game but empty possessions missed opportunities hampered the Lady Tigers’ efforts.
TSU missed four out of its last five shots on the way to the 64-56 loss.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday at Eastern Kentucky. Game time is set for 4 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.