Murfreesboro, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team dropped a, 94-53, decision to Middle Tennessee Sunday afternoon at the Murphy Center.
Tennessee State (4-7) committed a season-high 27 turnovers in the loss to Middle Tennessee (7-5).
Middle Tennessee had four players to post double figures led by Kortni Jones' 24. Ebony Rowe (21), Icely Elie (20) and Shanice Cason (14) also registered double-figures.
TSU fell behind 5-0 before a three-pointer by Kesi Hess put the Lady Tigers on the board.
The score was 7-5, in favor of MTSU when TSU began struggling with the Blue Raider defense. The Lady Tiger offense was stagnant while MTSU posted 10 unanswered to go ahead, 15-5.
A lay-up by Tayla Foster snapped a three and half minute scoring drought for the Lady Tigers but the Blue Raiders used seven straight to move ahead 24-7.
TSU trailed by as many as 20 before using a small rally to cut the deficit down to 14 (38-24). MTSU, however, outscored TSU 9-4 in the final two minutes of the half to go into the break with a 47-28 lead.
The second half was an uphill battle.
Avery Jones scored the first field-goal of the second frame but MTSU answered with a rally that swelled the lead to 62-33 with 14:24 left to play.
TSU used a small 7-0 run to chip away at the deficit but MTSU responded with eight consecutive points to go back ahead 70-40.
The deficit proved too much to overcome.
TSU shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range. MTSU hit 56.9 percent (37-of-65) of its shots while knocking down 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from beyond the arc.
The Lady Tigers were outrebounded 39-35 and gave up 36 points off turnovers.
The Lady Tigers return to action at home when they host Florida A&M on Thursday, Dec. 22. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.