Final Score: Tennessee State 61 – Jacksonville State 62
Records: TSU (5-18, 3-11 OVC) – JSU (15-10, 9-5 OVC)
Venue: Pete Mathews Coliseum
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
NASHVILLE --- In a game that went down to the wire, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Jacksonville State, 62-61, Saturday night in Pete Mathews Coliseum.
TSU (5-18, 3-11 OVC) led by as many as 13 but saw the game slip away in the final 28 seconds as JSU (15-10, 9-5 OVC) snapped a two-game losing skid.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Tia Wooten’s 19 points while Taylor Roberts added 15.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- TSU Leaders
- Points: Tia Wooten – 19
- Rebounds: Asia Sims and Tia Wooten - 6
- Assists: Kaliya Griffin – 5
- Steals: Taylor Roberts and Asia Sims- 2
- TSU shot 40.4 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range.
- JSU held a slight edge in rebounds, 37-36.
- Taylor Roberts came off the bench to score 15 points.
- TSU went 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- There wasn’t much offense from either team to start the game and the score was 6-3 in favor of Jacksonville State at the first media timeout.
- TSU was leading 3-2 when JSU scored eight straight to go ahead, 10-3.
- Tia Wooten finally connected in the paint to end a five-minute scoring drought and TSU closed the gap to 16-12 at the end of the quarter.
- Scores by Tia Wooten and Jaden Wrightsell evened the game at 16-all in the second period.
- The buckets sparked a 13-1 run that put TSU on top, 25-17, and forced a JSU timeout.
- The Lady Tigers extended their advantage to double-digits later in the frame and captured a, 38-25, lead when Maxine Beard nailed a triple just before the halftime buzzer.
- TSU outscored its opponent, 26-9, in the second period.
- The Lady Tiger offense got off to a slow start in the second half but maintained a 43-34 lead at the media timeout.
- TSU led 51-41 heading into the final frame.
- TSU used a timeout after JSU opened the period with four unanswered.
- The Lady Tigers continued to struggle and went without a score until the 5:55 mark.
- JSU took advantage of TSU’s slump and cut the deficit down to just two points.
- TSU scored on three consecutive possessions and moved back ahead, 57-51.
- JSU managed to pull within three with 1:13 remaining but Tia Wooten hit a free-throw to give TSU a 58-54 lead with 28.5 seconds on the clock.
- The Gamecocks scored within seconds of their next possession and cut the deficit to two points, 58-56.
- JSU was forced to foul and Asia Sims went to the line to shoot two. She made both to make the score 60-56.
- The Gamecocks scored on their next possession and were forced to foul again.
- TSU made one-of-two free-throws this time and JSU tied the game on their next possession.
- The Gamecocks forced a turnover and got fouled with 2.1 seconds remaining.
- JSU made one of two to take the lead and TSU was not able to get off a shot attempt.
- Tia Wooten scored in double-digits for the 23rd consecutive game.
- Taylor Roberts scored in double-figures for the seventh consecutive game.
- The Lady Tigers were outscored 21-10 in the fourth quarter.
Head Coach Jessica Kern
“It’s a tough loss. This one definitely stings. I think the kids played a good half of basketball. I think we didn’t necessarily play to win in the second half. We played not to lose. Which is not what we said in the locker room. I think we executed pretty well offensively and defensively we stuck to the game plan. But some very crucial moments there, under a minute, that send us back to Nashville, unfortunately, with a loss.”
-Overall thoughts on the game
“This one’s tough. I can’t say that there aren’t heavy hearts in the locker room right now. We’re going to have to learn, we’re just going to have to learn. This game is a game of runs and JSU went on a run. Which we didn’t respond to well and they made some key plays under a minute. So I really have to get in the locker room and talk to the kids. Again these are 17 to 22 year olds and they’re heartbroken right now.”
- Moving forward from this
“Tia Wooten played pretty composed. I think she started off the game pretty jittery but she started letting it come to her. Taylor Roberts played very well. Again, we’re shooting well from the free-throw line which is great. And I think we rebounded better tonight than we had up to this point. So those are all things that are positive going home and all we can do is learn on it. But this one stings and we just have to get better.”
-Positives from tonight
- TSU returns to the Gentry Center to host Morehead State on Thursday, Feb. 15 for the Play4Kay game. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.