Jayda Johnson came off the bench to lead TSU (3-7) in scoring with 15 points while Chelsea Hudson fell just short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. I’mani Davis also registered double-digits with 10 points.
Troy improved to 5-4 overall and was led by Ronita Garrett’s 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Beverly-Kelly scored 14 while Rachel Reid added 10.
Tennessee State missed its first four layups of the contest and fell behind, 6-2, three minutes into the game. The Lady Tigers, however, responded with eight unanswered points to take the lead, 10-6.
Troy reclaimed the lead after TSU went 2-of-13 from the field over a span of five minutes. Despite the Lady Tigers’ offensive struggles, the Trojans weren’t able to pull away and the score remained close.
I’mani Davis connected on an inbounds play to even the game at 21-all before TSU went into the halftime break trailing, 31-30.
The Lady Tigers opened the second stanza with a 7-2 run and stretched their advantage to 42-35 behind five straight points from Brianna Lawrence.
The opponents countered with a rally of their own and cut the deficit down to one point two minutes later. On TSU’s next possession, Jayda Johnson turned in a three-point play that sparked a 7-0 spurt.
For the next five minutes, TSU maintained at least a six-point lead. The visitors, however, would not go away and knotted the score, 58-58, with 8:22 remaining.
The teams battled over the next six minutes a played to a 67-67 tie with 2:53 remaining.
TSU was leading, 70-69, when Troy had possession of the ball with 32.3 seconds remaining. The Trojans scored and on the next trip down the floor TSU was called for an offensive foul. The Trojans made 1-of-2 free-throws on the next play to make the score 72-70 in their favor with 13 seconds left.
Another untimely turnover by TSU gave the ball back to Troy and two free-throws gave the visitors a four-point cushion.
After being fouled, TSU made one free-throw to cut the deficit down to three and had a chance to tie the game. With only four seconds left, Brianna Lawrence stole the ball and attempted a triple but shot was off the mark.
Tennessee State returns to action on Dec. 28 at the University of Kentucky.