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Lady Tigers unable to ground Skyhawks
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Lady Tigers unable to ground Skyhawks

Martin, Tenn. --- Redshirt freshman Chelsea Hudson had a career night but it wasn't enough to help Tennessee State University defeat UT Martin in a, 105-90, loss to the Skyhawks Monday night in the Elam Center.

Tennessee State (8-14, 4-6 OVC) was led in scoring by Chelsea Hudson as she recorded a double-double with 38 points and 17 rebounds. Kim Haynes matched her career-high with 20 points while Jasmin Shuler registered 18. Rachel Allen had nine assists and seven rebounds in the game.

Heather Butler led UT Martin (13-8, 7-1 OVC) with 42 points while Jasmine Newsome added 22. Jaclissa Haislip (12) and Taylor Hall (11) also scored in double-figures.

Tennessee State led UT Martin, 45-40, at halftime but was outscored, 65-45, in the second frame.

Jasmin Shuler knocked down a three-pointer to christen the game but Heather Butler answered with a triple to even the score at 3-all. After a couple of empty possessions by both teams, UTM used a 6-2 run to go ahead, 9-5.

Chelsea Hudson scored in the paint before Kim Haynes nailed a triple to pull TSU within one. TSU briefly took the lead on the next possession but a see-saw battle would ensue.

The teams traded the lead over the next few minutes until Kesi Hess drained one from long range to give TSU an, 18-14, lead.

UTM knotted the score and another back-and-forth exchange occurred. Later in the half, TSU managed to build a, 30-25, advantage but the Skyhawks once again closed the deficit.

The score was tied, 38-38, when the Lady Tigers outscored the Skyhawks, 7-2, to close out the half and take a, 45-40, lead into the break.

In the second half, a bucket by Chelsea Hudson gave the Lady Tigers a, 47-40, lead before TSU was outscored, 9-2. A three-pointer by Kim Haynes put TSU on top, 52-49, but UTM posted 10 unanswered points to capture a, 59-52, lead.

TSU fell behind, 73-61, following a UTM three-pointer and called a timeout in an attempt to slow the Skyhawks down.

The Lady Tigers continued to fight but the Skyhawks offense proved to be too much down the stretch. TSU trailed by as many as 20 points before falling to UTM, 105-90.

TSU shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the field, including 40 percent (12-of-30) from three-point range. The Lady Tigers only knocked down 69.6 percent (16-of-23) of their free-throws.

UTM shot 50.7 percent (35-of-69) from the field and 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from long range. The Skyhawks went 24-of-32 (75 percent) from the free-throw line.

TSU had 23 turnovers, off which UTM scored 33 points.

Lady Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at home when TSU hosts Eastern Kentucky in Ohio Valley Conference action. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in the Gentry Center.