|February 28, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||BELW||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.491 (26-53)||.328 (21-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (4-13)||.143 (1-7)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (15-20)||1.000 (8-8)|
LAWRENCE - 1
SIMS - 1
JOHNSON - 1
ROY - 1
MAGGARD - 1
PALMA - 1
NASHVILLE --- In the regular season finale, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Belmont, 71-51, Sunday afternoon in the Gentry Center.
Jayda Johnson led TSU (12-17, 7-9 OVC) with 20 points while Senior Brianna Lawrence finished her last game in the Gentry Center with 15 points and three steals.
Belmont (21-8, 13-3 OVC) was led in scoring by Sally McCabe’s 13 points while Lauren Thompson tallied 12. Frankie Joubran, Sierra Jones and Ellie Harmeyer also registered double-digits with 10 each.
The teams were virtually even in the first half and Belmont led 26-24 at halftime. TSU made 10 field goals and shot 33.3 percent from the field while Belmont registered nine field goals, including two three-pointers, and connected on 34.6 percent of its attempts.
In the third quarter, Brianna Lawrence hit a three-pointer to get TSU on the board but that would be the last field goal for four minutes. During the drought, TSU fell behind, 36-27.
Maxine Beard drove and scored in the paint to end the skid but the Lady Tigers continued to play from behind.
Tennessee State saw the deficit increase to double-digits following a three-point play by the opponent. After being outscored, 21-9, in the third period the Lady Tigers trailed, 47-33, heading into the final stanza.
The Lady Tiger offense continued to struggle in the fourth quarter. TSU went without a score until Jayda Johnson sank a jumper at the midway mark.
By then, TSU trailed, 57-35.
Tennessee State continued to fight, but despite their efforts, the Lady Tigers were unable to overcome the deficit.
TSU will enter the OVC Tournament as the seventh seed and will face Belmont for third time this season on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium.