Lady Tigers Outlast Grambling
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Nashville --- Despite squandering nearly a 20-point lead, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team held on to defeat Grambling 80-78 Tuesday afternoon in the Gentry Center.


With the win, Tennessee State (5-8) snapped a two-game losing skid and remained undefeated at home. Grambling (2-8) dropped its third straight.


Senior Kendra Appling led TSU with a game-high 20 points while sophomore Jasmine Smith picked up her first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Smith also had six assists and six steals in the game. After getting into early foul trouble, Tiffany Jackson finished the game with 14 points.


TSU lost the battle of the boards 54-38 but dished out 19 assists to GSU’s 12.


TSU carried a 44-30 lead into halftime and built the advantage up to 52-34 within the first three minutes of the second half. GSU wouldn’t go away and managed to cut the deficit down to 11 (52-41) at the 14:30 mark.


With TSU holding a 66-54 lead, GSU used an 18-7 scoring run to cut the Lady Tiger lead down to just one (73-72) with 1:28 to play.


With just over 30 seconds left on the clock, a steal and two made free-throws by Kendra Appling gave TSU a 77-72 lead. Grambling came to within two with :01 left on the clock but TSU was able to pull out the close win.


The Lady Tigers will next match-up with OVC opponent Eastern Kentucky at home on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.