Lady Tigers Win Second Straight, Down Lady Govs 69-61
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Clarksville --- In a fiercely contested battle, The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team used a late second have spurt to pick up a crucial OVC road win, 69-61, over Austin Peay on Saturday at the Dunn Center.


With the win, Tennessee State (14-11, 10-4 OVC) claimed sole possession of third place in the OVC standings.


Tiffany Jackson led TSU with 24 points while Kendra Appling tallied 21. Jasmine Smith recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds.


Austin Peay (13-12, 9-5 OVC) was led by April Thomas’ 21 points and 14 boards. Jasmine Rayner added 12.


After a scoreless opening two minutes of play, Austin Peay finally got on the board on a bucket from April Thomas. Tennessee State answered right back with a jumper from Jasmine Smith.


After trading buckets over the next couple of possessions, TSU used an 11-2 run to jump ahead 15-7 before the second media timeout.


The Lady Govs responded with a 10-2 run to knot the score at 17-apiece with 6:59 left in the half. APSU then outscored TSU 8-2 over the next six minutes to capture a 25-19 lead at the 1:35 mark.


TSU, however, scored the final six points of the half to go into the break tied 25-25.


As to be expected, the second half was a battle. Neither team could capture more than a two point lead throughout the first fourteen minutes of the period.


With the contest knotted 46-46, a lay-up by Kendra Appling followed by an old fashioned 3-point play by Tiffany Jackson gave TSU a 51-46 lead.


The Lady Govs battled back to within one, 53-52, about four minutes later but a triple from Charisse Hicks sparked a 7-0 run that built the Lady Tiger lead back up to 64-56 with 1:49 left to play.


Austin Peay could not overcome the deficit down the stretch as TSU went on to win 69-61.


TSU outscored APSU 44-36 in the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Govs 41-35.


The Lady Tigers will continue their three-game road swing on Thursday at Tennessee Tech. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. at Eblen Center.