UT Martin 6-10,2-3 OVC
Tennessee St. 7-9,2-3 OVC
The Tennessee State Lady Tigers extended their OVC winning-streak to two with a 71-67 win ver UT Martin Thursday evening at the Gentry Center.
The first quarter saw the Skyhawks jump out by as much as nine points at 15-6 on Anaya Brown’s layup with 3:54 remaining in the period. Tennessee State came roaring back, out scoring the Skyhawks 11-2 over the ensuing 2:38, tying the game at 17 on a Ashley Malone free throw.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair that featured three ties and 9 lead changes, five for TSU, with UT Martin claiming the lead on four separate occasions. The converted second of a pair of free throws from Erica Haynes-Overton with 0:25 left squared the game at 33 heading into halftime.
The third quarter followed the trend of the second, with the teams swapping the lead several times, with the largest advantage obtained by either club was a 5-point lead that came on a Saniah Parker three-pointer in the closing seconds of the period that made the score 48-43 heading into the game’s final quarter.
The fourth quarter was the most productive period for UT Martin, with the Skyhawks putting up 24 points. Unfortunately the same was also true of the Tigers who scored 23 points in the frame. The Tigers were able to stave off the Skyhawks, building as much as a ten point lead at 60-50 on a layup from Haynes-Overton. UT Martin was ultimately able to shave just a single point off the third quarter deficit, as Tennessee State was able to hold them off to secure the four-point win.
It was an efficient night for the Tigers’ top three scorers, as Erica Haynes-Overton (16), Saniah Parker (15) and Kianni Westbrook (13), combined for 44 points on 18-33 shooting. Josie Storey, in a losing effort, led UT Martin with 18 points on 6-11 from downtown.
The Tigers will return to action Saturday when they head to Cookville, Tennessee to take on the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech, with a 1:00 PM CST tip-off.