NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 75-63 Monday night, pulling away from the visitors down the stretch of the second half. The victory was TSU's second win in as many outings to start the season under Lady Tiger interim head basketball coach Tracee Jones.
With the win, TSU has already surpassed its win total of last season when the team went 1-25, with the lone victory over Division III Fisk. The Lady Tigers had opened the season by knocking off East Tennessee State, 62-56, Saturday.
The Lady Tigers erased a 61-60 deficit with less than three minutes remaining to outscore the Lady Golden Lions 15-2 the remainder of the game to notch the victory. TSU iced the game by making 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch.
For the second straight game, TSU placed four players in double figure scoring. Leslie Dean led the way with 15 points, followed by Kendra Bailey 12, LaToya Clay 11, and Kisha Clay 10. TSU held a 41-28 rebounding edge.
UAPB was led by Jewel Owens, who scored 20 points off the bench, the only Lady Golden Lion to be in double digits.
TSU opened as much as a nine-point lead (17-8) before UAPB (0-2) cut the deficit to a single point (32-31) near the 3-minute mark. TSU recorded the final four points of the half to carry a 36-31 lead into halftime.
TSU plays its third game of the season-opening homestand on Saturday against Cumberland University at 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.