NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team used one of its best shooting performances of the year to dispatch Austin Peay, 96-61, Saturday night in the Gentry Center.
The 96 points was a season-high for the Lady Tigers who extended their home winning streak to four with the victory. TSU had four players to score in double-digits, led by Jayda Johnson’s 17 points. Rachel Allen added 15 while Chelsea Hudson and Alana Morris each tallied 14. I’mani Davis just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
Tennessee State improved to 9-14 overall and 6-4 in league play while Austin Peay fell to 9-15 (6-5 OVC).
The Lady Govs were led in scoring by Jennifer Nwokocha’s 15 points while Nicole Olszewski tallied 13.
In the first half, Austin Peay burned a timeout with just 2:28 ticked off the clock after TSU jumped out to an 8-0 lead. The Lady Tigers extended their advantage to 15-6 before the first media timeout but the Lady Govs responded with a run to cut the deficit down to four.
Over the next several possessions, however, TSU regained control and posted the next nine points to increase its advantage to 27-14.
The Lady Tigers dominated the rest of the half and outscored the opponent, 27-13. TSU led by as many as 30 points before going into the break ahead, 54-27.
The home team shot a scorching 61.1 percent from the field while Jayda Johnson exploded for 17 points off the bench in the first half.
Austin Peay made the first two buckets of the second frame but Tennessee State scored the next six points to go up, 60-31.
At the 15:24 mark, Alana Morris buried a jumper from near the top of the key to make the score, 67-31, in favor of the home team.
The Lady Tigers swelled the advantage up to 38 points and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
The Lady Tigers forced Austin Peay into 23 turnovers, in which they turned into 25 points. TSU also controlled the glass, outrebounding APSU, 46-33.
TSU shot 53.6 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line. APSU finished the game with a 40.3 percent clip from the field but only managed to connect,54.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Tennessee State returns to action on Monday against Murray State. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Gentry Center.