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January 05, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Southeast Missouri1022142975
Tennessee State Lady Tigers820201967
Stats at a GlanceSEMOWBBTSU
FG Percentage.417 (25-60) .387 (24-62)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .400 (8-20)
FT Percentage.842 (16-19) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds1111
Defensive Rebounds2925
Total Rebounds4036
Bench Points229
PointsLUTTRULL - 20
ReboundsHACKMANN - 15
AssistsMITCHELL - 7
StealsHACKMANN - 2
BlocksLUTTRULL - 1
Lady Tigers Drop OVC Contest to Redhawks
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lady Tigers Drop OVC Contest to Redhawks
Olivia Jones had 16 points and four steals versus SEMO


NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Southeast Missouri, 75-67, Thursday night in the Gentry Center.

TSU sank to 5-7 (0-2 OVC) while SEMO improved to 7-9 (1-2 OVC).

The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Diamond Beatty’s 17 points while Olivia Jones added 16. Kaliya Griffin finished the game with 10.

Lutrell Ashton had a game-high 20 points while Olivia Hackman recorded a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bri Mitchell tallied 19 points for the Redhawks.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well to start the game as the score was only 6-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Both teams suffered through minutes of scoring droughts and shot under 20 percent from the field during the span. At the end of the opening frame, TSU trailed SEMO, 10-8.

The second quarter was a different story as the Redhawks outscored the Lady Tigers 8-1 to capture an 18-9 lead. Two possessions later, SEMO increased the advantage to double-digits but TSU slowly got into a rhythm.

A 6-0 spurt by the Lady Tigers sparked a rally that cut the deficit down to just two points, 30-28. The Redhawks scored with just seconds remaining to carry a, 32-28, lead into the halftime break.

Tennessee State seized the momentum the third quarter and used an 11-2 run to go ahead, 39-34. At the 4:23 mark, a three-pointer from Diamond Beatty gave TSU an eight-point cushion, 42-34, but SEMO answered with a run of its own to pull even.

The Lady Tigers had a slight, 48-46, lead heading into the final stanza.

A bucket from Jayda Johnson christened the fourth quarter before another triple from Diamond Beatty made the score, 53-48, in favor of the home team. The Redhawks, however, would not go away a knotted the score at 55-all with six minutes remaining.

TSU fell behind after back-to-back three-pointers from SEMO made the score, 61-55. Olivia Jones answered with a bomb from long range but the Redhawks fired off eight unanswered points to create a little distance, 66-58, with 2:10 on the clock.

SEMO moved ahead, 68-58, at the 1:45 mark but TSU continued to fight. The Lady Tigers closed the gap to four points, 68-64, with 56.1 seconds remaining behind two free-throws from Ciara Pettis.

The Lady Tigers were forced to foul and the Redhawks made their free-throws to keep the home team at bay.

TSU was ultimately outscored, 29-19, in the fourth quarter and shot 38.7 percent from the field in the game. The Lady Tigers committed 16 turnovers, in which the Redhawks turned into 23 points.

Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday at home versus UT Martin. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.