The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team closed out the regular season on a positive note with a, 76-64, road win at Eastern Kentucky Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.
Tennessee State (12-17, 9-7 OVC) outscored EKU 44-29 in the second half and shot 44.3 percent from the field in the contest.
Chelsea Hudson led TSU in scoring for the third consecutive game and recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Freshmen Jayda Johnson and I’mani Davis each tallied 17 points while recording eight and five rebounds, respectively.
Marie Carpenter led Eastern Kentucky (15-12, 9-7 OVC) in scoring with 23 points and seven rebounds while Michaela Hunter (17) and Pilar Walker (12) also registered double figures in scoring.
Both teams shot better than 40 percent in the first half, as the opening frame featured seven ties. Despite a close contest, TSU maintained the advantage for most of half until EKU hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to go into the break with a, 35-32, lead.
Alana Morris found I’mani Davis under the basket to get the second half started before TSU regained the lead, 36-35, on a field-goal by Chelsea Hudson.
Two more buckets from Hudson capped off an 8-0 run and put the Lady Tigers on top, 40-35. The Lady Colonels, however, answered with a spurt to recapture the advantage.
What ensued over the next several minutes was a fierce battle in which the teams traded buckets and the lead.
TSU managed to build a, 61-55, cushion at the 4:23 mark but EKU scored the next five points to pull within one. On the next possession, Jayda Johnson drained a triple as the shot clock expired to make TSU’s lead, 64-60. A few moments later I’mani Davis scored in the paint to put the Lady Tigers on top, 66-60, with a little over two minutes left to play.
In the final minute and a half, TSU made eight free-throws to ice the game and keep the Lady Colonels at bay.
Eastern Kentucky shot 19.4 percent from the field in the second half while notching a 33.3 percent mark for the game. TSU went 19-of-27 from the free-throw line while EKU made 17-of-28.
Tennessee State will return to action next week at the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.