LADY TIGERS FALL TO JACKSONVILLE STATE 69-76
JACKSONVILLE, Alabama---Three Lady Tigers scored in double-figures but it wasn't enough as Tennessee State dropped a 69-76 decision to Jacksonville State Monday night in Pete Matthews Coliseum. The Lady Tigers fall to 5-16 (2-9 OVC) while Jacksonville State improves to 6-16 (3-10 OVC). Kendra Appling led TSU in scoring with 20 points. Oby Okafor added 17 points while Jheri Booker tallied 11 points and nine rebounds. Gamecocks were led in scoring by Courtney Slaughter with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Jacksonville State jumped ahead 10-4 at the 16:17 mark of the first half. The Lady Tigers responded with a 5-0 run to bring the game to 10-9 with 14:13 left in the half. JSU re-upped its lead to six on a lay-up by Cobie Carlisle with 13:32 on the clock. Down six points, TSU went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 15-15 at the 11:16 mark. Both teams traded buckets over the next seven minutes until JSU grabbed a four point lead (27-23) behind a jumper from Erica West. A steal by Tiffany Jackson led to another TSU bucket to bring the Lady Tigers to within two points (27-25) with 4:30 left to play in the half. Nikki Rumph hit a jumper to bring the game to 30-29 but the Gamecocks outscored the Lady Tigers 6-2 in the final moments of the first half to claim a 36-31 lead at halftime. In the second half, Jacksonville State maintained small leads before capturing a double-digit lead (45-35) with 15:47 on the clock. TSU cut the deficit to five points at down the stretch at the 8:05 mark and the 6:13 mark but that would be as close as the Lady Tigers would get as the Gamecocks were able to hold on for the win. Next up for the Lady Tigers is another OVC contest against the Bulldogs of Samford University. The Lady Tigers will meet the Bulldogs in Siebert Hall on Thursday (Feb.1) at 5:00 p.m.