December 31, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers2113132572
Murray State198292480
Stats at a GlanceTSUMUR
FG Percentage.468 (29-62) .435 (27-62)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .286 (6-21)
FT Percentage1.000 (9-9) .606 (20-33)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds3124
Total Rebounds4034
Turnovers2211
Steals513
Bench Points83
LeadersTSUMUR
PointsGRIFFIN - 15
JOHNSON - 15
James - 25
ReboundsJONES - 9
Gulledge - 12
AssistsBEATTY - 5
Wright - 5
StealsDAVIS - 1
BEATTY - 1
SIMS - 1
GRIFFIN - 1
JONES - 1
James - 4
BlocksGulledge - 5
Four-game Win Streak Snapped with Loss to Murray State
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Four-game Win Streak Snapped with Loss to Murray State

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Murray, Ky. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Murray State, 80-72, in the OVC opener Saturday night in CFSB Center.

The third quarter proved to be the difference as TSU was outscored, 29-13, in the frame. The Lady Tigers held the scoring advantage in each of the other three quarters.

The loss snapped Tennessee State’s (5-6, 0-1 OVC) four-game winning streak while Murray State improved to 9-5 (1-0 OVC).

It’s the first loss TSU has suffered when at least five players have scored in double-digits. Kaliya Griffin and Jayda Johnson led TSU with 15 points each while I’mani Davis (14), Diamond Beatty (10) and Olivia Jones (10) rounded out the top scorers.

The first quarter was played evenly as the score was knotted 16-all at the 2:48 mark. Tennessee State shot 66.7 percent from the field in the opening frame but only led, 21-19, heading into the second.

 TSU opened the second stanza with four unanswered points to spark a 9-2 rally that put the Lady Tigers on top, 30-21, with 4:57 left in the half. After nearly a two-minute scoring drought by both teams, I’mani Davis knocked down a couple of free-throws to give TSU a, 34-23, advantage.

The Lady Tigers led, 34-27, at halftime.

Murray State grabbed the momentum the second half and used a 5-0 spark to close to within two. The Racers pulled even halfway through the frame before taking the lead a few plays later. At the media timeout, TSU had been outscored 15-6 and fell behind, 43-39.

Turnovers continued to hamper the Lady Tiger offense and the team sank into a double-digit deficit.

Heading into the final frame, TSU trailed 56-47.

TSU had an uphill battle in the fourth quarter but continued to fight. With five minutes left to play, an offensive rebound and putback by Olivia Jones pulled the Lady Tigers to within five. The Racers, however, scored on their next possession to regain a seven-point cushion.

Jayda Johnson scored in the paint following a steal but MSU responded with five points to increase the advantage to 74-62.

A late rally by the Lady Tigers closed the gap to 76-70 with under a minute to play but that would be as close as they would get.

Tennessee State finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers in the loss.

Tennessee State returns to action on Jan. 5 at home versus Southeast Missouri. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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