NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s basketball team dropped its third-consecutive conference home game to Jacksonville State, 63-50, on Saturday night.
TSU (8-12, 5-4 OVC) trailed by just three at halftime, but shot 24.1 percent in the second half.
Destany McLin led JSU (15-7, 6-4 OVC) with 16 points and Candace Morton poured in 14.
With the sides tied at six early in the game, the Lady Tiger defense forced four turnovers and held JSU without a single point for nearly five minutes. TSU scored seven during the stretch, and led 13-6 at the 11:49 mark in the first half.
The Gamecocks eventually found a way to score, and later went on a 7-2 run by making 4-of-5 shots to tie the game at 22 with six minutes to go before halftime. JSU continued its charge and went up, 33-27, when Morton canned her team’s fifth three-pointer of the half.
Davis closed the period by dropping three of her ten first half points, but the Lady Tigers headed into the locker room down three, 33-30.
TSU dominated the play inside, outscoring JSU in the paint 18-6, but the Gamecocks caught fire from outside, hitting 5-of-11 threes (45 percent).
The Gamecocks came out firing in the second and went on a 14-3 run to go up, 49-42. The Lady Tigers were held without a single point for the last four of the seven-minute long run.
Davis finally ended the drought with a free throw, but TSU did not hit a field goal until Jemilah Leonard dropped a three-pointer to end an 8:26-long spell without a make. Despite guard’s triple, the Lady Tigers were down by 11 with 3:43 to play.
TSU went without a point for the final 3:05 and lost by the largest deficit at home this season.
The Lady Tigers will look to get back in the win column on Feb. when the team travels to Eastern Kentucky for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.
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