BIRMINGHAM --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team's bid to move to 2-0 to open Ohio Valley Conference play came up short as host Samford escaped with a 61-57 victory over the Lady Tigers Saturday evening.
TSU, which had opened OVC play with a win at Jacksonville State, led most of the second half. Samford erased a six-point deficit in the final 3:33 to take the lead on a Sarah Clement 3-point play with 15 seconds remaining.
The Lady Tigers' Quanecia Fletcher sank 1-of-2 free throws with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Lady Tigers managed one field goal and a free throw as Samford outscored TSU 7-3 to take the win. TSU falls to 4-9 and 1-1 while the Bulldogs are 8-5 and also stand 1-1 in the conference.
Kendra Bailey led TSU with 15 points and nine rebounds. LaKisha Clay had 12 points and five assists while Ledlie Dean scored 11 points off the bench. TSU forced 21 turnovers in the game. Free throws again hampered TSU as the Lady Tigers converted just 10-22 chances.
Samford was led by Veronica Pike and Clement with 13 points each. Samford held a 48-39 rebounding advantage.
TSU will host Southeast Missouri Thursday afternoon.