Jacksonville, Fla. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team fell to Atlantic Sun member Jacksonville, 87-66, Wednesday night in Swisher Gymnasium.
Tennessee State (1-7) only committed 16 turnovers in the contest but gave up 52 second-half points. Jacksonville improved to 3-2 on the season.
Chelsea Hudson led TSU with 18 points while Alana Morris added 10. Rachel Allen rounded out the top three scorers with nine points and seven rebounds.
JU had five players to post double-figures led by Queen Alford’s 24 points and 13 rebounds. Madison Scott (18), Stephanie Edwards (11), Jade Cargill (11), and Briona Brown (10) also tallied double-figures.
Both teams came out with high energy to start the first half. The score remained close until Jacksonville created a little distance and went ahead, 21-15, halfway through the frame. Over the next five minutes, TSU went on a 9-2 run, fueled by seven straight points from Chelsea Hudson.
The Lady Tigers were leading, 24-23, when the Dolphins responded with eight unanswered points, to reclaim the advantage, 31-24.
With two-and-a-half minutes left in the half, Alana Morris ended TSU’s scoring drought before Hudson scored two more buckets to pull the Lady Tigers, within three, 35-32, at halftime.
Jacksonville scored eight quick points to extend its lead up to, 43-32, at the 18:44 mark of the second half. TSU cut the deficit down single digits behind consecutive buckets from I’mani Davis but the Dolphins used another spurt to add to their lead.
After being outscored, 22-9, through the first seven minutes of the second half, TSU fell behind, 57-41. From there it was an uphill battle for the Lady Tigers.
Jayda Johnson closed the gap to 14 points after connecting in the paint but that would be as close as TSU would get as JU used a, 16-9, run to close out the game.
Tennessee State shot 43.1 percent from the field but only made one three-pointer on 10 attempts in the contest. The Lady Tigers also struggled from the free-throw line (9-of-18) and lost the battle of the boards, 46-29.
Jacksonville shot 53.1 percent from the field and registered 48 points in the paint.
The Lady Tigers will have a break before returning to action on Dec. 15 at home against Martin Methodist. Game time is slated for 2:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.