As she did often at Rockdale, Brianna Lawrence contributed a little bit of everything Thursday for Tennessee State.
The sophomore guard had five points, four rebounds and added a career-high three assists in the Tigers’ 75-74 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
It could’ve been a much better night for Lawrence and her teammates, but the Nashville, Tennessee school, playing in its home opener, blew an 11-point second-half lead and watched Corpus Christi’s Jasmine Shaw hit a game-winning jumper with nine seconds to play.
Shaw, a senior guard, finished one assist shy of a triple double as she had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
It looked like Lawrence would have a chance to be the hero. Though she has struggled through the early part of the season shooting 3-pointers, and had missed her first three attempts from behind the arc Thursday, Lawrence drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:28 left that put Tennessee State (1-4) up 73-71.
Corpus Christi (3-2) tied the game on a lay up by Brandi Huff, part of Huff’s team-high 15 points, with 1:17 to play. After Jayda Johnson made 1-of-2-free throws to put Tennessee State, Shaw hit her basket and Tigers redshirt-junior forward Chelsea Hudson, who led all scorers with 22 points, missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Lawrence was part of a nice stretch for TSU at the start of the second half. The Conyers native handed out two of her assists and converted a lay up for her first basket of the game at the 12:08 mark, part of a 17-10 run that put the hosts up 62-51.
Corpus Christi fought back and Huff’s jumper at the 3:14 put A&M up for the first time since 13-10 in the first half, at 67-66 with 3:14 left.
It was tight from that point on, but Lawrence’s 3-pointer turned out to be Tennessee State’s only field goal over the final six minutes.
Richardson shines for Bulldogs
Lawrence’s former teammate, Breanna Richardson, continues to be one of the shining stars for the Mississippi State basketball team.
The freshman was averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, both third-best on the team and was shooting 42 percent (16-of-38) from the field through three starts for the Southeastern Conference school. Mississippi State (3-0), which had defeated its first three opponents by an average margin of 40 points, was well on its way to another victory, leading Tennessee Tech 52-27 at halftime in a game that ended too late for this edition.
Turner makes jump to junior college hardwood
It’s been a bit of a slow transition to the college game for Dedrick Turner. The former Salem stand out, now a freshman at Gulf Coast State College has gotten into each of the Commodores’ first five games, but played sparingly. Turner did score five points on 2-of-5 shooting, which included a 3-pointer, in Gulf Coast’s recent viceroy, 79-58 over Chattahoochee Valley.
In a 77-74 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College November 2, Turner had a blocked shot and an assist and the guard has a pair of assists in five games.
Gulf Coast, off to a 4-1 start, plays Shelton State Community College Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida.