NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit behind a strong defensive effort to lead the way for a 67-64 victory at Lipscomb Saturday night.
The Lady Tigers pressure proved to be the big key in the comeback win. TSU forced 17-second half turnovers, many leading to easy scoring opportunities as the Lady Tigers fought to get back into the game.
?Our defense was without question the key, along with us gaining confidence,? said Lady Tiger head coach Valencia Jordan. ?We were able to get some easy baskets and that allowed us to be more confident and our offense was able to get clicking down the stretch.?
Trailing 37-24 at halftime, the Lady Tigers sped up the tempo of the game. The Lady Tigers cut Lipscomb's lead to three points four different times. TSU finally got over the hump and took its first lead on a 3-point field goal by Kisha Stewart to make the score 58-56 with 6:12 remaining.
The game would have more lead changes before Odessa Kelly's short jumper gave TSU the lead for good at 66-64 with 33 seconds remaining. Stewart then added one of two free throws after a steal five seconds later. Lipscomb had a couple of 3-point chances in the final seconds but missed its last attempt with four seconds remaining and could not get off another shot.
Stewart and Theresa Bowen each scored 12 points for the Lady Tigers, Tristin Johnson led TSU with 10 rebounds. After being held to eight field goals and 29 percent shooting in the first half, the Tigers shot 54 percent (19-35) in the second half.
TSU (2-4) will go for its second straight win Monday night at Arkansas-Little Rock. Lipscomb falls to 2-6 and had entered the game coming off a one-point loss to Xavier on Thursday night.