Jacksonville, Ala. ---Chelsea Hudson recorded her fifth double-double of the season but Tennessee State fell short on the road against Jacksonville State, 84-76, in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Hudson registered 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tennessee State (6-13, 3-3 OVC) while Alana Morris (11), I'mani Davis (10) and Jemilah Leonard (10) also finished in double-figures.
Jacksonville State (7-14, 3-5 OVC) was led in scoring by Miranda Cantrell’s 21 points and 12 rebounds while Candace Morton added 19. Briana Benson (14) and Destany McClin (10) also posted double-digits for JSU.
Midway through the opening frame, TSU had fallen behind, 18-9, thanks to a slow shooting start. The Lady Tiger offense started to pick up some steam behind consecutive buckets from Alana Morris before TSU closed the gap to two points, 30-28, following I’mani Davis’ three-point play.
The Lady Tigers, however, were outscored 9-3 in the final three minutes of the half and went into the locker room trailing the Gamecocks, 41-33.
JSU scored the first bucket of the second half but TSU scored the next six points on consecutive three-point plays by Chelsea Hudson. The score was, 47-40, in favor of the Gamecocks when a triple by Jemilah Leonard sparked a 7-0 run that pulled the Lady Tigers within one.
The opponent built the advantage back up to a seven-point cushion before another rally cut the deficit down to one again.
Both teams traded buckets as the Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance over the next several possessions.
With the game winding down and 49.9 seconds on the clock, Brianna Morrow made two free-throws to make the score, 78-76, in favor of the home team.
TSU missed its next four shot attempts as JSU held on for the win.
Tennessee State shot 36.7 percent from the field while struggling from three-point range (3-of-22). The Lady Tigers won the battle of the boards, 46-44, and shot a season-high 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Jacksonville State shot 40 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks shot 41 free-throws and made 82.9 percent of them in the contest.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at home against Morehead State. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.