Lady Tiger Comeback Falls Short in Overtime Loss to Belmont
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nashville --- The TSU women’s basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit late in the second half but stumbled in overtime, dropping a 78-72 decision to Belmont Tuesday night in the Curb Event Center.

 

Kendra Appling tallied a season-high 27 points and Tiffany Jackson recorded her second double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kierra Goodwin chipped in a career-best nine points off the bench and LaDona Pierce dished out seven assists.  

 

With the loss, Tennessee State falls to 3-6 overall while Belmont improves to 6-2.

 

A bucket from Amber Rockwell started a run that would see Belmont jump out to an 11-0 lead. TSU finally got on the board at the 16:36 mark after a lay-up by LaDona Pierce.

 

Over the next eight minutes, TSU chipped away at the Belmont lead, outscoring the Bruins 17-8 to come to within one (22-21).

 

Three straight buckets from the Bruins put BU back on top 28-21 but the Lady Tigers rallied off seven unanswered points to knot the score at 28-28 with 1:45 left in the half.

 

Belmont held a slight 30-29 lead at the break.

 

Belmont created a little distance in the opening moments of the second half capturing a 35-29 lead. TSU narrowed the gap (38-36) at the 16:33 mark but BU stretched the advantage to double-digits (46-36) follow a pair of triples and a lay-up from Amber Rockwell.

 

A determined Lady Tiger squad, however, continued to fight and once again cut down the deficit. Two steals and three break-away lay-ups from Kendra Appling brought the game to 48-47, with Belmont on top.

 

BU then used a 12-2 run to capture a 60-49 advantage, its largest lead since the 16:55 mark of the first half. Not to be denied, TSU forged yet another comeback.  With the Lady Tigers now only trailing 60-57, Kendra Appling nailed a three-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 1:00 minute left in regulation.

 

TSU had a chance at the end of the game but suffered a shot clock violation and turned the ball over with 1.1 seconds left on the clock. On the ensuing possession, Kendra Appling and Kierra Goodwdin broke up the down court pass and the game went into overtime.

 

In the extra period, Belmont went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and outscored TSU 18-12.  BU sank seven free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.

 

Amber Rockwell led Belmont with 20 points while Jessica Bobbitt pulled down 11 boards.

 

The Lady Tigers will next travel to Alabama A&M on Sunday, Dec. 14 for continued non-conference action. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.