Congratulations to Bri Lawrence and the Tennessee State Lady Tigers
Congratulations to Bri Lawrence (Kay Lawrence’s daughter) and the Tennessee State Lady Tigers Basketball Team on winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Read the article below:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brianna Lawrence scored five of her 22 points in overtime, and the Tennessee State Lady Tigers beat top-seeded UT Martin 64-60 Saturday for their first Ohio Valley Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth since 1995.
The Lady Tigers (18-12) became the first to earn an NCAA tournament berth this season. This is only the third in the program’s history, and just their second winning record since their last NCAA trip in 1995.
They did it in thrilling fashion with a school-record 10th straight win as they snapped UT Martin’s 18-game winning streak.
The Skyhawks (22-10) were trying to become only the second OVC program to win five straight tournament titles. But they led only once in overtime at 57-55. Lawrence followed Rachel Allen’s 3-pointer with her own 3 for the biggest lead for either team since midway through the second half.
Katie Schubert hit a 3 pointer with 18.4 seconds left pulling the Skyhawks within 61-60, but they didn’t score again. I’mani Davis hit two free throws and Chelsea Hudson hit another in the final 11.8 seconds to seal the win for Tennessee State, starting the celebration at midcourt.
Allen finished with 13 points. The Lady Tigers outscored UT Martin 11-7 in overtime.
Ashia Jones scored a game-high 23 points, but the UT Martin sophomore and OVC player of the year didn’t score at all in overtime. Karisma Tyson added 10 points.
Tennessee State led 28-26 at halftime after leading by as much as 12, and it was just a prelude as the teams swapped the lead six times with six ties after halftime. UT Martin used a 14-2 run to take a 43-37 lead midway through the second half. The Skyhawks never led by more than six, and Tennessee State reeled them back in setting up the tight finish.
Jones had the ball in her hand with the shot clock winding down late in regulation when Allen stole the ball with 30 seconds left. TSU couldn’t get a shot off before Davis turned it over, and the Skyhawks couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer tied at 53.
Tennessee State: The last time the Lady Tigers went to the NCAA tournament, current athletic director Teresa Phillips was their coach. They had seven 20-loss seasons since 1995. … Current coach Larry Joe Inman is in the OVC Hall of Fame and won a combined six OVC tournament titles with Eastern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. He took over the Lady Tigers in April 2012.
UT Martin: The Skyhawks overcame their shooting woes by making more free throws in the second half alone (14 of 18) than Tennessee State attempted during regulation (6 of 10). But they didn’t get to the line in overtime. … The Skyhawks’ last loss in this tournament was March 5, 2010.