BIRMINGHAM --- Tennessee State's bid for an opening round victory against host UAB in the Blazer Invitational was halted as the Blazers made a 10-0 run near the 15-minute mark to pull away from the Lady Tigers.
With the defeat, the Lady Tigers will play Alabama State in the consolation game on Thursday at 5 p.m. ASU was defeated by Furman 89-48 in the other first round game.
The Lady Tigers were within striking distance, trailing 37-29 at halftime. However, with 15:37 left in the contest, UAB made its 10-0 run to build a 55-35 lead. UAB used its best field goal shooting effort of the season (56 percent) on the way to posting the victory.
TSU (3-6) had a balanced scoring attack in suffering the defeat. Leslie Dean scored 13 points off the bench. Newcomer LaTina Patterson who was playing her second game for TSU, added 12. LaKisha Clay also scored 12 and Quanecia Fletcher scored 10.
The Lady Tigers shot 32 percent (21-65) from the floor. TSU had a good night at the free throw line, making 17-20 attempts for 85 percent. The Lady Tigers also committed just 12 turnovers, but faced a 45-35 rebounding deficit. A 14-0 run by Winthrop in the second half was key in TSU's previous outing last week.
UAB had five players score in double figures, led by Domaneice Moore's 16 points.