Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team opened the 2008-09 regular season with a 62-46 win over Jackson State Friday night in the Gentry Center.
With the win, Tennessee State (1-0) defeated Jackson State (0-1) for the first time in the series history. Kendra Appling led all scores with 25 points and also tallied five steals while Tiffany Jackson added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.
TSU struggled offensively in the first half only shooting 25 percent (9-of-36) from the floor as a team. Despite the slow offensive start, TSU went into the break holding a slight 26-23 lead.
Jackson State opened the second half with two back-to-back buckets to grab a 27-26 lead before Tennessee State answered with two three-point buckets from Charisse Hicks and Kendra Appling to go ahead 32-27. A steal and a made jumper by Meredith Stafford stretched the Lady Tiger lead to 10 points (41-31) before TSU swelled the lead to 53-36 following another 3-pointer from Appling with 4:52 left to play. TSU maintained a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game.
Tennessee State knocked down twelve 3-pointers on the night, with eight of them coming in the second half. The Lady Tigers shot 34.4 percent (22-of-66) from the field and 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from beyond the arc. TSU lost the battle of the boards 31 to 53 but forced JSU into 35 turnovers, scoring 26 points off of the miscues.
Tennessee State next travels to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face-off against the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi on Monday, Nov.17.