The Tennessee State women’s basketball team could not overcome a 15-0 first half run and fell to Kennesaw State, 65-56, at home on Monday night.
Chelsea Hudson led the way for TSU (0-2), scoring 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting (43 percent) and adding nine rebounds.
Fellow center Jasmine McAllister had a game-high 25 points and 14 boards to lead KSU (2-0).
The TSU defense was stingy to start, holding the Owls to 2-of-11 (18 percent) shooting through the game’s opening seven-and-a-half minutes. The Lady Tigers built a 9-4 lead over that span, despite six turnovers on offense.
Later in the period, the Lady Tigers went on an eight-minute scoreless streak, allowing Kennesaw State to go on a 15-0 run to build a 19-9 advantage. Rachel Allen finally broke the spell with the back-end of a pair of free throws at the 5:57 mark.
The Lady Tigers clawed back to within two when Tia Wooten nailed a jumper with one minute to play before halftime, but the Owls connected on four-straight free throws from there to head into the locker rooms clinging to a, 31-25, lead.
Free throw shooting was the difference during the opening 20 minutes, and TSU left six points on the board (5-of-11).
The Lady Tigers cut the lead to three at 49-46 when Hudson pulled off a pretty spinning layup and then canned a freebie at the 11:51 mark.
Allen, who had missed most of the second half with a leg cramp, returned with 6:48 to go and quickly denied an in-bound pass to force a five-seconds foul. Hudson converted an easy layup following the turnover and another later in the stanza to tie the game at 56.
The Owls quickly re-took the lead on their next possession and never relinquished it thanks to four TSU turnovers during the game’s final four minutes, preventing the Lady Tigers from scoring any more points.
TSU shot 37 percent from the field (22-of-59) and 50 percent from the charity stripe (10-of-20). KSU, meanwhile, canned 23 of its 27 free throw attempts (85 percent).
Following the loss, the Lady Tigers will stay in Nashville, but will play a road contest at Lipscomb on Nov. 22. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m.