|February 13, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||EKU|
|FG Percentage||.357 (25-70)||.379 (25-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.360 (9-25)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.533 (8-15)||.688 (22-32)|
MAPLES - 2
PALMA - 1
Richmond, Ky. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a, 78-67, decision to Eastern Kentucky Saturday night at McBrayer Arena.
Tennessee State (10-16, 5-8 OVC) was led in scoring by Brianna Lawrence’s 19 points while I’mani Davis notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) for the third consecutive game. Jayda Johnson (11) and Samantha Palma (10) also registered double-digits.
Michaela Hunter led Eastern Kentucky (13-10, 7-5 OVC) with 17 points while Jalen O’ Bannen (15), Alexus Cooper (13), Miranda Maples (11) and Shameekia Murray (10) finished in double-figures.
TSU jumped out to a 13-5 lead but the advantage was short lived as the Lady Tiger offense went cold. EKU responded with a 9-0 run to capture the lead before TSU was able to score again. Following the media timeout, the Colonels outscored the Lady Tigers, 20-5, to carry a 25-16 lead into the second period.
TSU scored the first six points of the second frame to pull within three and force an EKU timeout. Near the halfway mark, however, the Colonels went back up by seven, 40-33.
The Lady Tigers fell behind by double-digits, 45-35, following another miscue filled scoring drought with just under a minute left in the half.
TSU trailed 45-37 at the break.
The Lady Tigers didn’t fare much better in the third quarter. EKU outscored TSU, 8-2, to start the frame and moved ahead, 58-42 at the 5:18 mark. TSU continued to struggle and fell into a 64-45 hole with just about four minutes left on the clock.
The Lady Tigers cut the deficit down to, 64-52, with a 7-0 spurt capped by a Brianna Lawrence three-pointer just before the third quarter ended.
Following a scoreless three-minutes by both teams to start the fourth quarter, EKU got on the board first. TSU finally managed to score at the 6:33 mark on a couple free-throws by Asia Sims but the Lady Tigers were still without a field goal in the quarter. The Colonels took advantage of the visiting team’s struggles and increased their advantage to, 72-54.
Samantha Palma connected from 15-feet away to give the Lady Tigers their first field goal of the quarter with 4:15 remaining before a three-pointer by Brianna Lawrence made the score, 74-61 in favor of EKU.
Lawrence hit another triple a few possessions later to pull TSU within 11 but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get.
TSU shot 35.7 percent (25-of-70) from the field, including 36.0 percent from three-point range (9-of-25) and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free-throw line.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 20 at home versus Jacksonville State. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.