|December 19, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||BCUW|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.364 (20-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.389 (7-18)||.150 (3-20)|
|FT Percentage||.588 (20-34)||.654 (17-26)|
JOHNSON - 4
GRIFFIN - 1
JOHNSON - 1
DeLand, Fla. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held off a late rally to win its third straight after defeating Bethune Cookman, 69-60 , Monday afternoon on the first day of the Hatter Classic in Edmunds Center.
TSU (4-5) had four players to reach double-digits in scoring led by Olivia Jones’ 18 points and 12 rebounds. I’mani Davis finished the game with 16 points while Kaliya Griffin and Jayda Johnson tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively but four quick points from Olivia Jones gave the Lady Tigers a slight, 7-3, lead before the first media timeout. The rest of the quarter was played evenly as TSU held a 13-9 at the end of the frame.
Tennessee State used a scoring spurt to move ahead, 29-22, in the second quarter but BCU answered with a rally to pull within three. The Lady Tigers held the Wildcats scoreless for the final two minutes of the quarter and went into the halftime break leading, 31-26.
The Lady Tiger offense was stagnant to start the second half and TSU went without a bucket for the opening five minutes. I’mani Davis finally got TSU on the board with a three-pointer at the 4:55 mark.
Despite the scoring drought, the Lady Tigers only trailed the Wildcats 35-34 at the media timeout. The game was knotted at 37-all when a three-pointer by Jones and a steal by Kaliya Griffin led to TSU grabbing a five-point advantage.
The score was 44-39 in favor of TSU heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers turned up their defensive intensity and used it to create offense. TSU grabbed its largest lead of the game, 59-47, when Kaliya Griffin buried a triple from the corner with the shot clock expiring.
Bethune Cookman continued to battle and used a three-point play to close the gap, 60-54, with 49.6 seconds remaining. BCU went to the free-throw line on the next possession and made the score, 60-56, with 41.2 left.
I’mani Davis stepped up and made two free-throws then Maxine Beard came up with a steal on the next play to keep the opponents at bay.
TSU forced 24 turnovers and scored 27 points off the miscues.
Tennessee State returns to action tomorrow versus host Stetson in the final game of the Hatter Classic. Game time is set for noon (ET) in Edmunds Center.