Tennessee St. 11-18,6-11 OVC
SIUE 9-21,7-11 OVC
It was one-and-done for the #7 Tennessee State Lady Tigers as they fell 73-64 to the # 6 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
The Tigers found themselves in an uphill battle immediately, falling behind by 7 points, 10-3, at the 7:25 mark of the first quarter.SIUE’s Macy Silver got off to a hot start, torching the Tigers for 14 points on 5-6 from the floor, including connecting on 4 of her 5 three-point attempts, helping to put Tennessee State in a 9-point hole, 26-17 after the end of the first ten minutes of play.
Tennessee State struggled offensively, shooting 25% (3-12) , with leading scorers Erica Haynes-Overton and Gia Adams going a combined 1-7 from the floor for 6 points. TSU’s sputtering offense assisted the Cougars, who shot 50% for the quarter, in building their lead to as much as 18 points and would ultimately take a 41-27 lead into halftime.
Tennessee State spent the majority of the third quarter facing a double-digit deficit , however a 10-2 spurt , capped off by Saniah Parker’s Irving layup brought the Tigers to within five points at 49-44 with 2:13 left in the third quarter. SIUE responded with a 7-2 stretch of their own to push the lead back to double digits at 56-46, heading into the fourth quarter.
TSU clawed their from down by as many as twelve points to get within three a 66-63 from Parker’s three-pointer with 2:32 left in the contest. However just as was the case in the third quarter, SIUE responded with a game-ending 5-1 stretch to stave off the Tigers and punch their ticket into the next round with a 71-64 victory.
Macey Silvey led three Cougars in double figures with 22 points Ajulu Thatha grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with her 16 points and Mikayla Kinnard contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Gia Adams led Tennessee State with 21 points; Saniah Parker added 17 points and 9 rebounds and Erica Haynes-Overton chipped in with 11 points.