January 18, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State Lady Tigers910202059
Tennessee Tech121672964
Stats at a GlanceTSUTTU
FG Percentage.407 (24-59) .411 (23-56)
3P FG Percentage.333 (5-15) .111 (2-18)
FT Percentage.500 (6-12) .762 (16-21)
Offensive Rebounds1313
Defensive Rebounds2225
Total Rebounds3538
Turnovers2019
Steals145
Bench Points238
LeadersTSUTTU
PointsBEATTY - 15
WOOTEN - 15
HICKSON - 15
ReboundsWOOTEN - 6
JONES - 6
BROOKS - 10
AssistsJOHNSON - 4
JENNINGS - 5
StealsWOOTEN - 4
HICKSON - 3
BlocksPARKER - 2
JOHNSON - 2
BROOKS - 2
Lady Tigers Fall Short in Loss to Tennessee Tech
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Lady Tigers Fall Short in Loss to Tennessee Tech
Diamond Beatty made five three-pointers vs Tenn Tech. Photo Courtesy Tony Marable

FINAL BOX

Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought road contest to Tennessee Tech, 64-59, Wednesday night in Eblen Center.

TSU (7-9, 2-4 OVC) used a 17-0 second half run to get back into the game but saw the lead slip away down the stretch after being outscored, 29-20, in the fourth quarter. Tennessee Tech improved to 7-12 (4-2 OVC).

Tia Wooten and Diamond Beatty led TSU in scoring with 15 points each.

Tennessee State got off to a sluggish start and trailed Tennessee Tech, 10-4, at the first media timeout. Out of the break, TSU outscored Tech 5-2 to close the gap to 12-9 at the end of the opening frame.

In the second stanza, the Lady Tigers played from behind but stayed within striking distance for most of the period. During the last three minutes, the Golden Eagles created a little distance after using a 9-2 run to go ahead, 26-17. TSU was ultimately outscored 16-10 in the quarter and went into the halftime break trailing, 28-19.

The Lady Tigers opened the second half with a 9-3 rally and forced a Golden Eagle timeout after cutting the deficit down to just three points, 31-28, with four minutes ticked off the clock.

TSU pulled even on the next possession when Diamond Beatty drained her second three-pointer of the game. The Lady Tigers captured the lead two plays later behind an offensive rebound and putback by Olivia Jones.

The onslaught continued as Diamond Beatty drained back-to-back triples to increase TSU’s advantage to 39-31. TSU was on a 19-3 run. Four quick points from Tech in the last 30 seconds of the game made the score, 39-35, in favor of TSU heading into the final frame.

Less than three minutes into the fourth period, TSU burned a timeout after TTU pulled within two, 43-41. The pause in action did not slow the Golden Eagles as they tied the game on their next possession.

From there, the teams traded buckets.

The teams played to a 48-48 deadlock before Tech used a 5-0 spurt to reclaim the advantage with 1:23 left to play.

TSU was down, 53-48, when I’mani Davis made two free-throws to make the score, 53-50 but Tech answered with a score on the next play to go back up by five.

The Lady Tigers were forced to foul as time winded down and the Golden Eagles made their free-throws to secure the win.

TSU finished the game shooting 40.7 percent (24-of-59 from the field), including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers only manage to connect  6-of-12 from the free-throw line and committed 20 turnovers in the contest.

Tennessee State returns to action at home versus Jacksonville State on Saturday, Jan. 21. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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