NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State fought Southeast Missouri, but the Ohio Valley Conference's second-seeded team was able to put together a couple of runs in the second half to post an 81-72 win over the Lady Tigers Saturday night in TSU's season finale.
The Lady Tigers trailed by just three points (38-35) at halftime in a game that featured nine lead changes in the opening half. Southeast opened the second half with a 10-2 run to push the lead into double digits. Southeast was able to keep the lead into double digits until TSU scored five straight points in the final minute of play.
For TSU, the game followed a pattern of Thursday's game against Eastern Illinois. The Lady Tigers again had another outstanding rebounding night, pulling down half of their 56 rebounds on the offensive end in holding a 56-41 advantage on the boards.
TSU had 34 more field goal attempts than EIU in Thursday's contest and had 37 more shots than Southeast. The Lady Tigers finished the game 26-85 for 31 percent while Southeast was 24-48 for 50 percent. The game had 50 fouls called. The Otahkians made 24-41 free throws while TSU was 18-25.
Tristin Johnson, playing her last game as Lady Tiger, posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five other TSU players scored in double figures with LaToya Clay scoring 12, Quanecia Fletcher and Theresa Bowen each scoring 11, while Aquayna McClain and Odessa Kelly scoring 10 each.
Along with Johnson, the Lady Tigers will also lose Sabrina Gordon, who has battled knee injuries and will not play her final season of eligibility and will graduate in December.