|January 11, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Tennessee State Lady Tigers
|Stats at a Glance||MORWBB||TSU|
|FG Percentage||.333 (21-63)||.368 (21-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.762 (16-21)||.759 (22-29)|
JOHNSON - 9
McQUEEN - 4
DAVIS - 3
BEARD - 3
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held off a late rally and handed Morehead State its first OVC loss of the season with a, 69-66, victory in the Gentry Center Wednesday night.
Tennessee State (7-7, 2-2 OVC) had 10-point lead over Morehead State (14-4, 4-1 OVC) with 54 seconds remaining but had to fight off the Eagles down the stretch to escape with the win. The victory was TSU’s second straight and snapped Morehead State’s nine-game winning streak.
Jayda Johnson nearly recorded a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds to lead TSU while Diamond Beatty tallied 13 points. I’mani Davis recorded a game-high five steals to go with nine rebounds and eight points.
Darianne Seward had 13 points to pace Morehead State while Brianna McQueen (12) and Miranda Crocket (10) also reached double-digits.
Tennessee State jumped out to a, 7-2, lead but Morehead State quickly answered with 6-0 run to capture the advantage, 8-7, just before the media timeout.
Out of the break, MSU used another bucket to move ahead, 10-7, before Diamond Beatty drained back-to-back three-pointers to end TSU’s scoring drought and put the Lady Tigers on top, 13-10.
In the second quarter, four straight points from I’mani Davis, including a tip-in and two free-throws, gave the Lady Tigers a 21-15 edge. TSU built its lead up to seven points but another rally by MSU, this time a 10-0 run, closed the gap and the visitors once again grabbed the advantage, 26-23.
TSU pulled even at the 3:12 mark and the teams traded buckets over the next several possessions.
The game was tied 33-33 at the break.
The fiercely contested battle continued in the second half as the teams played to a 39-39 deadlock halfway through the third quarter.
The momentum swung in TSU’s favor towards the end of the period and the Lady Tigers built a 50-41 lead when I’mani Davis found Jayda Johnson on leak out.
The Lady Tigers outscored the Eagles, 19-11, in the third frame and led 52-44 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, the TSU offense, hampered by turnovers, sputtered. The Lady Tigers went five minutes without a score before finally getting on the board with a lay-up from Jayda Johnson.
Johnson once again connected in the paint to make the score, 56-51, in favor of TSU with 4:54 remaining.
A three-pointer by Diamond Beatty in the corner gave Tennessee State a 61-53 cushion with 2:42 left to play but Morehead State answered with a bucket on the next play.
With 54 seconds remaining, Tia Wooten got the old fashioned three-point play to give the Lady Tigers their largest lead of the game, 68-58.
The Eagles responded with a five-point spurt to make the score, 68-63, but were forced to foul with 32 seconds left.
TSU missed both free-throw attempts and MSU came away with the rebound. The Eagles nailed a triple on their next possession to pull within two, 68-66, with 13.4 seconds on the clock.
After forcing a turnover, MSU had a chance to even the score but the shot attempt was off the mark
With .9 seconds on the clock, Jayda Johnson made one of two free-throws to make the final score, 69-66.
The game featured eight ties and eight lead changes.
Tennessee State will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14 on the road at Eastern Kentucky. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.