Jacksonville, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University
women's basketball team shot a season-high 53.4 percent from the field and
posted a season-high in points to defeat Jacksonville State, 88-68, Saturday
afternoon in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
The 88 points is the most points scored since posting 90
against UT Martin last season.
Tennessee State (5-8, 1-1 OVC) had four players score in
double-digits led by Kesi Hess' 22 points. The Dublin, Ohio native knocked down
six three-pointers in the contest.
Tanesha Stenson also had a solid game for TSU with seven
points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Rachel Allen dished out a game-high seven assists.
Jacksonville State (0-15, 0-3 OVC) was led in scoring by
Marikate Gardler with 22 points while Briana Morrow added 14.
Both teams jumped out the gates on fire as each team was
shooting at least 50 percent from the floor through the first five minutes. The
teams battled and traded buckets over the next several possessions.
TSU managed to build its lead up to six on a couple of
occasions but JSU continued to strike back.
Later in the half, Tennessee State was leading, 28-27, when
a bucket by Chelsea Hudson sparked a 13-0 run that put the Lady Tigers on top,
41-27, with 3:42 remaining in the frame. The rally, fueled by TSU's defensive
intensity, included five steals by the Lady Tigers.
The Gamecocks answered with a 6-0 spurt to cut the deficit
down to eight but seven straight points by the Lady Tigers, including Kesi
Hess' three-pointer at the buzzer made the score, 48-33, at the break.
TSU shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field in the first
half, including 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from long range.
In the second half, TSU continued to build on the lead and
stretched the advantage to 57-37 following a short jumper by Hess with 16:42 on
JSU cut into the lead after outscoring TSU, 7-2, but the
Lady Tigers answered with a rally that made the score, 66-47, at the 11:44
The Lady Tigers maintained a comfortable lead the rest of
Tennessee State finished the game shooting 53.4 percent from
the field, including 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Tigers also had
15 steals and outrebounded the Gamecocks, 39-35. The TSU bench outscored the
JSU bench, 40-28.
Next, the Lady Tigers will travel to Cookeville to face
Tennessee Tech on Monday, Jan. 7. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in the Eblen