Offensive Struggles Hurt Lady Tigers in Loss to Jacksonville State
Saturday, January 12, 2008

Jacksonville, Ala.--- After shooting 54.8 percent in the first half, Tennessee State only managed to knock down 36.4 percent of its shots in the second half, falling to Jacksonville State 70-77 Saturday night in Pete Matthews Coliseum.


Tennessee State falls to 7-9 (4-3 OVC) while Jacksonville State moves to 7-10 (4-4 OVC). 


Both teams jumped out the gate blazing as the score went back and forth in the first half featuring ten ties and nine lead changes. With the score tied 28-28,  Tennessee State went on a 14-4 run in the final five minutes of the half to capture a 42-34 lead at the break. 


Tennessee State shot 54.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc in the first half.


A three pointer by Kendra Appling stretched TSU’s lead to nine (45-36) in the opening moments of the second half but JSU responded with a 10-0 run to claim a 46-45 lead at the 16:53 mark. TSU struggled to find its offensive rhythm and suffered through nearly a three minute scoring drought that saw JSU stretch its lead to 65-56 with 7:31 left to play.


The Gamecocks swelled the lead to 73-59 at the 4:32 mark but TSU would not go away. The Lady Tigers rallied off nine unanswered points over the next two minutes and thirty seconds to cut the deficit down to five (68-73).  JSU, however, was able to keep TSU at bay, scoring four out of the next six points.


Nikki Rumph recorded 21 points and seven steals for TSU while Kendra Appling also tallied 21. Tiffany Jackson picked up her second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 


The Lady Tigers will return to their home court to host Southeast Missouri on Thursday, Dec. 17. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.