Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team saw a 19 point lead slip away as the St. Louis University Billikens came back to claim a 83-77 win Tuesday night in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State falls to 1-2 while St. Louis moves to 1-3 on the season.
The game began favorably for Tennessee State. After falling behind 2-5 at the 18:31 mark, the Lady Tigers outscored the Billikens 23-3 over the next eight minutes to capture a 25-8 lead. TSU led by as many as 19 points before SLU began to chip away at the lead. The Lady Tigers entered the break holding on to a seven point lead (41-34).
A jumper by Appling within the opening minute of the second half gave TSU a nine point advantage (43-34) but SLU responded with a 9-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Jackie Gilbert to cut TSU’s lead down to two (45-43) with 16:29 on the clock.
The Lady Tigers would maintain small leads over the next eight minutes of play until a three point shot by Katie Paganelli tied the game 65-65 (7:01). St. Louis grabbed its first lead of the second half on a Paganelli bucket with 5:53 left to play. The Billikens would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game.
Appling’s 35 points led TSU while junior Oby Okafor (13), freshman Jasmine Ellis (11), and junior Tiffany Jackson (10) also tallied double digits.
Katie Paganelli led St. Louis with 23 points.
The Lady Tigers next travel to Memphis for the University of Memphis Lady Tiger Thanksgiving Classic. TSU will face Memphis in the first game of the tournament on Friday, November 24. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.