Troy women drop matchup to No. 15 Tennessee

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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The Troy Trojans women’s basketball team hit the road on Sunday and dropped a tough matchup to the No. 15-ranked Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 100-73.

Troy shot just 32.9 percent from the field, while Tennessee shot 46.3 percent. The Trojans, though, won the turnover battle by forcing 16 Vol turnovers and just turning the ball over eight times themselves. Tennessee owned the boards, winning the rebound battle 63-35.

Troy battled Tennessee to a 21-21 tie after one period but Tennessee began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 46-30 lead into halftime. That led stretched to 77-43 going into the final period.

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Troy was led by Nia Daniel with 19 points, while Tai’Sheka Porchia earned 18 points and eight rebounds. Ja’Mia Hollings added 16 points and four rebounds and Shaulana Wagner scored 10 points, dished seven assists and grabbed four rebounds. Sharonica Hartsfield also forced three steals.

Tennessee was led by a familiar face to the Wiregrass, Hatford native Karoline Striplin scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots for Tennessee.

Troy will look to earn the first victory of 2023-2024, after a brief Thanksgiving break, as the Trojans host Belmont on Nov. 29. Belmont is led by 2021-2022 OVC Defensive Player of the Year Tuti Jones, a Troy native that helped lead Charles Henderson to two state championships.

Jones took a medical redshirt last season after suffering a season-ending injury early in the season. So far this season, she has returned to form and has averaged 10 points, 1.8 steals, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in the first four contests.