NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State interim women's basketball head coach Tracee Jones won her first game at the helm as the Lady Tigers opened the season with a 62-56 victory over visiting East Tennessee State Saturday night.
The Lady Tigers, who won just one game last season that came against Division III Fisk University, placed four players in double figures to slip past the Lady Bucs (1-1). ETSU had come into the Gentry Center following a season-opening victory at preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite Tennessee Tech on Friday.
"We have stressed to the team every day in practice to always keep battling and to approach one game at a time this season," said Jones, who played for TSU from 1994-98. "Certainly, this is a great way for us to start the season with a big win over a good opponent."
Lakisha Clay led the Lady Tigers balanced scoring attack with 17 points while Quanecia Fletcher came off the bench to score 15 points and have six steals. Kendra Bailey had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Leslie Dean rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 points for the Lady Tigers. TSU shot 23-59 (39 percent) from the floor and 15-22 (68 percent from the free throw line.
ETSU was led by Holly Moring's 12 points. B.J.Banjo scored 11 and Alisha Holmes added 10 for the Lady Bucs. ETSU was 17-42 from the field (40.5 percent) and 15-28 from the free throw line (43.8 percent).
TSU took the lead for good at 53-51 on a Clay field goal with 1:54 remaining. The game featured 10 lead changes and nine ties.
TSU hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monday while ETSU has its home opener against Tusculum.