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TSU Lady Tigers Honored at State Capitol with Resolution

TSU Lady Tigers Honored at State Capitol with Resolution

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen

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On Wednesday, April 8, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team was honored at the State Capitol for winning the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship.

After roll call, opening prayer and the national anthem, the Lady Tigers were escorted into the House Chambers and celebrated with a standing ovation by the Tennessee House of Representatives. Once the team, coaches and administrators made it to the front of the room, Rep. Harold M. Love, Jr. presented the team with a Resolution for their accomplishments.

“When you talk about student athletes and the achievements that they make on and off court, I think it’s good for us to recognize them,” commented Love. “The Lady Tigers were not slated to win the OVC because of the other teams that maybe had better records or were presumed to be the champions but to have the determination to go into the tournament and not let the other teams intimidate them is a testament to how we should live our lives… Not being intimidated by the circumstances we’re faced with and to keep on striving and pushing to achieve our goals.”

After the Resolution was read and presented to the team. Head Coach Larry Inman addressed the House. “This is such a great honor. The ladies on this team are about more than just basketball. They are good students in the classroom and in life. They are all going to be very successful people serving the communities that they represent. And what representatives they were for Nashville and the state of Tennessee.”

As the Lady Tigers left the Capitol they were met by a number of Tennessee State supporters and alumni that congratulated them. Senator Thelma Harper and Representative Brenda Gilmore were on hand to show their appreciation and took photos with the team after the presentation.

“I’m very proud young ladies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty so to speak,” Inman added. “They’ve worked extremely hard and have been very successful. Their lives have touched so many and I’m so proud of them and what they’ve accomplished. I’m thankful to the Legislative body of Tennessee that recognized that.”

Tennessee State defeated UT Martin on March 7 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship to claim the program’s first OVC crown in 20 years.

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Tigers top Tenn Tech 64-56

Tigers top Tenn Tech 64-56

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team got its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season as they took down Tennessee Tech University 64-56 at Gentry Center, Thursday night.

The Tigers (4-18, 1-6 OVC) outlasted the Golden Eagles (10-12, 2-7 OVC) for the night. After building as much as a 13-point lead, TSU never let TTU get closer than eight points.

With the TSU win, the all-time series now stands at 29-28 with Tech still ahead.

Jay Harris was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting. He also had five rebounds and three assists on the game. Charles Tucker gave the Tigers a pair of double-digit scorers, with 11 (3-for-6) while adding in three boards and two dimes.

Torrance Rowe paced the Golden Eagles with 16 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Christian Mekowulu sparked the Tigers’ offense out of the gate, scoring the first six points of the game. Both teams proceeded to trade the lead multiple times for the next 17 minutes.

The Tigers made their move after the final media timeout of the first half as they began to pull away from the Golden Eagles. Each team had led by only one possession, when they had the lead, until TSU pushed their advantage to as high as 11.

The Tigers took a 32-22 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers were impressive in the first half, shooting 43 percent (13-for-30) while also forcing nine Golden Eagle turnovers. TSU held their opponents to 36 percent (9-for-25) from the floor and 15 percent (2-for-13) from beyond the arc. Jay Harris put up a cool 11 points during the first 20 minutes.

TSU continued to hold TTU at arm’s length through the first 12 minutes of the second half. At the 8:30 mark, the Tigers led the Golden Eagles 53-40 thanks to 60 percent shooting (9-of-15), up to that point.

Big Blue, after losing leads in multiple games this season, closed out this game with authority. The defense held Tech to 39 percent shooting for the game while forcing 17 turnovers.

All but one player who touched the floor for TSU scored four, or more, points.

The Tigers will look to turn this win into momentum for the coming games. They wrap-up this three-game home stand with a game this Saturday night against Jacksonville State. Tip-time is at 7:30 p.m.

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TSU to Honor 1995 OVC Championship Team

TSU to Honor 1995 OVC Championship Team

Posted on 28 January 2015 by Allen

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On Saturday, Jan.31, Tennessee State athletics will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 1995 Ohio Valley Championship Team.

Former Lady Tiger players, coaches and managers will return to the Gentry Center to be recognized for their accomplishments following the conclusion of the TSU vs. Jacksonville State women’s basketball game.

The 1994-95 Lady Tiger basketball team posted an overall record of 22-7 with an OVC mark of 12-4 on the way to the program’s second consecutive title. In addition to the OVC Tournament Championship, the Lady Tigers were the OVC regular season champs and earned an NCAA Tournament Berth.

In addition to the team accomplishments, the Lady Tigers also boasted many individual accolades.

The squad was led by All-OVC First team selection and TSU’s all-time leading scorer Connie Swift. Swift is a two-time OVC Tournament MVP and a member of the TSU Hall of Fame.

Standout Carolyn Aldridge, TSU’s second all-time scoring leader, also garnered OVC First-Team honors for the Lady Tigers in 1995.

Kim Graves (1992-96) held the record for most career assists fourteen consecutive years until her mark of 502 was passed by LaDona Pierce (505) in 2010. She is now second on the list while ranking sixth in career steals.

Tip-off for the TSU vs. Jacksonville State women’s basketball game is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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Lady Tigers come up short in OT

Lady Tigers come up short in OT

Posted on 30 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped its first game in the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic to Norfolk State, 65-58, in overtime on Saturday.

Chelsea Hudson led TSU (1-4) with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting (46.1 percent) and tallied a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kayla Robberts poured in 23 points for Norfolk State (1-4) and secured a team-best eight boards.

Jemilah Leonard canned a three at the 12:47 mark, ending a seven-minute drought to start the game. The hoop ignited a 9-0 run – which Leonard capped with a jumper – and gave TSU an, 11-10, lead.

The Spartans built a five-point advantage later in the half, but two Rachel Allen triples in a two-minute span put the Lady Tigers within one with 3:07 to go in the half.

Each side had just one point during the final three minutes of the first half and NSU went into the break clinging to a, 23-22, lead.

The Lady Tigers crushed the Spartans on the glass during the opening 20 minutes, 23-14, but 12 TSU turnovers led to the gap on the scoreboard.

Hudson converted an old-fashioned three-point play 25 seconds into the second period and Briana Morrow had one, too, a minute later. Hudson then converted an easy lay-in to give the Lady Tigers a, 30-23, lead.

The Spartans fought back with a 12-3 run later in the half and went up by four with a jumper at the 8:58 mark. TSU was 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) during the stretch while NSU made 4-of-8.

The Lady Tigers were down two with 1:40 left in the game when Hudson nailed a layup to tie the game at 52. Hudson was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw.

NSU canned a three on the next trip down the floor, but Imani Davis answered right back with a three of her own with 36 seconds left to tie the game again at 55.

The Spartans were called for an offensive foul on their next possession, but the refs called Allen for one on TSU’s next chance, forcing overtime.

Jayda Johnson had the first hoop in the extra period, but the Lady Tigers could only muster one more point from there, and fell by seven.

TSU shot 56 percent from the charity stripe (9-of-16) and NSU had more chances (22) and eight more makes (17).

Tennessee State will close out the Teresa Phillips Thanksgiving Classic against Youngstown State tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season after defeating Lipscomb University, 73-55, Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena.

Chelsea Hudson led TSU (1-2) and picked up her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Allen finished the game with 10 points.

Lipscomb (1-3) was led in scoring by Danay Fothergill’s 13 points.

Tennessee State grabbed the momentum in the first half and controlled the pace throughout the contest. TSU forced LU into 28 turnovers and scored 26 points off of the miscues.

Early in the game, TSU was leading 9-8 when the Lady Tigers went on a 10-0 run to go ahead, 19-8. Lipscomb responded with a rally to cut the deficit down to four points before TSU went into the halftime break with a, 28-23, lead.

The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bisons 11-2 to start the second stanza and extended the advantage to, 39-25, at the 11:51 mark.

Lipscomb called a timeout in an attempt to halt the TSU spurt but Chelsea Hudson found Diamond Beatty in the paint to make the score, 41-25, in favor of the visiting team.

A couple of buckets by the Lady Bisons pulled them within 11 but four consecutive points from Briana Morrow, put TSU on top, 46-31.

TSU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

TSU shot an improved 73.5 percent (25-of-34) from the free-throw line and outrebounded LU, 46-32. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in second chance points (20-5) and points in the paint (38-18).

The Lady Tigers will play their second game in three days when they return to action against #4 Tennessee on Monday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Lady Tigers Fall to Kennesaw State, 65-56

Lady Tigers Fall to Kennesaw State, 65-56

Posted on 17 November 2014 by Allen

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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.

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Lady Tigers Rout Crusaders, 109-57

Lady Tigers Rout Crusaders, 109-57

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State women’s basketball team defeated Tennessee Temple, 109-57, in an exhibition contest on Monday night in the Gentry Center.

True freshman Samantha Palma led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 17 (7-of-9) off of the bench. Jayda Johnson (16) and Chelsea Hudson (13) also put up double-digits in points.

Hudson also paced TSU with seven rebounds, helping her team to a 49-36 advantage on the glass.

The game was tightly contested to start, and the Lady Tigers held just a one-point lead, 13-12, at the 11:51 mark of the first half.

From there, the Crusaders turned the ball over four times in three minutes, helping TSU widen its advantage to 25-14. The Lady Tigers also connected on 4-of-7 shots on the run, including a pair of buckets by Johnson.

Tennessee State led by as many as 24 in the opening period and went into halftime holding a 51-27 lead following a buzzer-beating layup by Palma.

The Lady Tigers forced a staggering 25 of its 43 turnovers during the first 20 minutes, leading to 32 TSU points.

The lead ballooned out to 49 after a 26-2 run by Tennessee State in the second stanza. The Lady Tigers’ defense played lights out during the stretch, holding TTU to a 1-for-10 line and forcing eight turnovers.

TSU inserted some of its younger players into the lineup late in the game, but the squad still did not let up and walked away with a, 109-57, victory.

Those younger Lady Tigers outscored the opposing bench 61-21 and TSU shot 55 percent from the field (42-of-77)

Following its tune-up, Tennessee State will begin the regular season on the road on Friday, Nov. 14 at NC State. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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TSU Lady Tigers Set to Face EKU in OVC Tournament

TSU Lady Tigers Set to Face EKU in OVC Tournament

Posted on 05 March 2014 by Allen

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After earning a first round bye, No. 4 seed Tennessee State will face Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, March 6 at noon in the quarterfinals. EKU defeated EIU, 75-52, in the opening round to advance. The 4th seed is the highest TSU has had since the 2009 season when the Lady Tigers earned the 3rd seed.

Tennessee State finished the regular season win over Eastern Kentucky on the road Saturday night. TSU defeated EKU, 76-64, in McBrayer Arena to close out the season with a win. The victory improved TSU to 12-17 (9-7 OVC) and secured the fourth seed in the Tournament for the Lady Tigers.

TSU is averaging 69.2 points per outing while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. Chelsea Hudson leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game while Rachel Allen (11.2 ppg), Jayda Johnson (7.8 ppg) and Alana Morris (7.0 ppg) round out the top scorers for TSU.

The Lady Tigers, under second year head coach Larry Joe Inman, returned four letterwinners from last year’s squad and added eight newcomers, including seven freshmen, to the roster. TSU finished last season with an overall record of 13-15 and a 9-7 conference mark. In an Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll that was released in O

Tennessee State outscored EKU 44-29 in the second half and shot 44.3 percent from the field in the contest as the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Colonels, 76-61. 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.

Eastern Kentucky (16-12) defeated Eastern Illinois, 75-52, in the opening game of the OVC Tournament. The Lady Colonels shot 43.1 percent from the field and held the advantage in second chance points, 20-6, and points off turnovers, 18-8. Marie Carpenter led EKU with 24 points while Michaela Hunter added 17. Cierra Drake posted 12 points followed by Shelly Harper who registered 10.

Tennessee State will match-up with Eastern Kentucky for the 53rd time in the series history with EKU holding a, 36-17, advantage. TSU swept EKU in the regular season. In the first meeting, TSU defeated EKU, 78-63, in the Gentry Center before downing the Lady Colonels, 76-64 on the road. TSU has won three straight over EKU. The Lady Colonels’ last win over the Lady Tigers was a, 62-54, win on Jan. 28, 2013.

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TSU’s Chelsea Hudson Named to All-OVC Second Team

TSU’s Chelsea Hudson Named to All-OVC Second Team

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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In a poll voted on by the league head women’s basketball coaches and SID’s, redshirt junior Chelsea Hudson was named to the 2014 All-OVC women’s basketball second-team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Hudson quickly emerged as the leader for the Lady Tigers, finishing the regular season with an average of 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She averaged 29.0 minutes per game and started in all 29 contests for TSU.

She currently ranks in the top 10 in four OVC categories. The Midland, Texas native is second in offensive rebounding, fourth in overall rebounding, fifth in defensive rebounds and eighth in scoring.

Hudson scored in double-digits in all but five contests this season and recorded nine double-doubles. She poured in a season-high 36 points to go with 10 points at Kennesaw State before registering another 30-point performance against Jacksonville State.

The 6-0, forward was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week twice this season.

Hudson will lead No.4 seed Tennessee State (12-17, 9-7) in the OVC Tournament on Thursday, March 6. The Lady Tigers will face the winner of Game 1 (EKU vs. EIU) at noon in the Municipal.

2013-14 All-Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Teams

(voted on by the league’s head basketball coaches and sports information directors)

FIRST TEAM

Heather Butler, UT Martin *

Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin*

Marie Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky

Diamond Henderson, Tennessee Tech*

Jordyn Luffman, Belmont

SECOND TEAM

Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois

Candace Morton, Jacksonville State

Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee State

Almesha Jones, Morehead Stat

Ashia Jones, UT Martin

ALL-NEWCOMER

Ashia Jones, UT Martin

Micah Jones, SIUE

Taylor Mills, Belmont

Tearra Banks, Austin Peay

Taylor Porter, Murray State

OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Heather Butler, UT Martin

OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ashia Jones, UT Martin

OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin

OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Rick Peitri, Jacksonville State

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TSU’s Hudson Tabbed OVC Player of the Week

TSU’s Hudson Tabbed OVC Player of the Week

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee State University women’s basketball player Chelsea Hudson was named the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

In TSU’s final two games of the regular season, Hudson averaged 21.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game to help the Lady Tigers pick up two big road wins.

The redshirt junior led TSU with 21 points and seven rebounds against Morehead State to help TSU snap a four-game road losing skid.

In the regular season finale against Eastern Kentucky, she led the Lady Tigers for the third straight game and recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The win secured a 4th seed and first round by for TSU in the OVC Tournament.

The honor is Hudson’s second of the season and fourth OVC weekly recognition of her career. She was name the OVC Freshman of the Week, twice during the 2011-12 campaign.

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TSU WBB Defeats EKU on the Road

TSU WBB Defeats EKU on the Road

Posted on 01 March 2014 by Allen

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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.

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Late Push Leads to Road Win at Morehead State

Late Push Leads to Road Win at Morehead State

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team used a rally in the second half to take control of the game despite having to hold off Morehead State down the stretch in a, 71-66, win Thursday night in Johnson Arena.

The victory snapped a four-game road losing skid for Tennessee State (11-17, 8-7 OVC).

Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 21 points and seven rebounds while Jayda Johnson recorded 12 points and three steals. Alana Morris finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Morehead State (11-17, 5-10 OVC) was paced by Almesha Jone’s 25 points as Mackenzie Arledge was the only other MSU player to reach double-digits with 11.

Much like the last three outings, Tennessee State got off to a slow offensive start. Midway through the opening frame, TSU had only shot 33.3 percent from the field while Morehead State connected on 60 percent from the floor.

Before the final media timeout of the half, TSU had fallen behind, 30-20. From there, however, the Lady Tigers made six of their next seven field goal attempts and used a 13-5 run to pull within two, 35-33, before the halftime break.

Five quick points from Jayda Johnson to start the second half erased TSU’s deficit and put the Lady Tigers on top, 38-35.

Morehead State regained the advantage, 47-40, before Chelsea Hudson made a free-throw to end a three-minute scoring drought for TSU.

Over a span of six minutes TSU clawed from behind and knotted the score at 54-all with 7:31 remaining.

TSU took the lead on the next play following a jumper by Brianna Lawrence in the paint. Two more buckets from Alana Morris and Chelsea Hudson made the score, 60-54, in favor of the Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers maintained the lead for the rest of the game but the Eagles stayed within striking distance. MSU buried a triple with 1:01 on the clock to cut the deficit down to two, 66-64.

On TSU’s next trip down the floor, Rachel Allen scored in the paint to give the Lady Tigers a four-point cushion. Following a missed shot by the Eagles on their next possession, Allen made one free throw.

Morehead State missed its next few shot attempts before committing a turnover. Alana Morris stepped up and made two free-throws to put the game away.

TSU outrebounded the opponent, 38-29, and forced MSU into 21 turnovers.

Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, March 1 for the final regular season game of 20-13-14. TSU will face EKU on the road at 4:15 p.m. ET in McBrayer Arena.

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TSU Women Home Winning Streak Ends with Loss to SIUE

TSU Women Home Winning Streak Ends with Loss to SIUE

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team had its five-game home winning streak snapped, Saturday night, after falling to SIU Edwardsville, 74-66, in the final home game of the season. TSU (10-17, 7-7 OVC) forced SIUE (10-18, 6-9 OVC) into 20 turnovers but struggled offensively most of the night.

Chelsea Hudson just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds while Jayda Johnson (14), Brianna Lawrence (13) and Rachel Allen (11) also posted in double-figures.

SIU Edwardsville also had four players to reach double-digits led by Tierny Austin’s 15 points. Micah Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Valerie Finnin and Allyssa Decker scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Tennessee State got off to a slow start and fell behind, 26-12, at the 11:07 mark. Later in the half, Alana Morris found Chelsea Hudson and Jayda Johnson in the paint on consecutive plays to cut the deficit down to single digits.

SIUE shot 66.7 percent in the first half but TSU used a 13-7 run, fueled by triples from Brianna Lawrence and Rachel Allen, to pull within four, 36-32, before the halftime break.

Brianna Lawrence buried her fourth three-pointer of the game to christen the second half and pulled TSU to within one. The visitors, however, went back up by five and maintained the lead for the next several possessions.

Tennessee State took a, 45-44, lead when Jemilah Leonard buried a triple from the top of the key with 15:08 remaining. The Cougars regained the advantage on their next trip down the floor but the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance.

Jayda Johnson’s bucket with 12:16 on the clock tied the score, 48-48, and from there, the teams traded scores.

TSU was trailing, 53-51, when SIUE used four straight points to go ahead, 57-51. The Cougars increased their advantage to, 64-55, with just under six minutes left to play.

Hudson scored in the paint to slice the SIUE lead down to five before TSU closed to within two, 67-65.

SIUE, however, finished with a 7-1 run to put the game away.

Tennessee State shot 32.4 percent from the field, including a dismal 28.0 percent from the three-point line. TSU only managed to make, 15-of-31 (48.4 percent) from the free-throw line.

SIU Edwardsville shot 56.5 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range while making 20-of-28 from the charity stripe.

Tennessee State returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Morehead State.

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