JACKSON, Miss. --- It was the seventh-ever battle of the Lady Tigers and unfortunately, the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State (0-8, 0-0 OVC) were unable to pull out a win to close out the first half of its 2003-04 campaign. Jackson State (7-3, 0-0 SWAC) downed TSU, 70-35.
Tennessee State managed to contain Jackson State's biggest weapon, the 6-7 center Amie Williams, in the first half, holding her to just two points. She did pick up four blocks but not before the efforts of senior Odessa Kelly (Nashville, Tenn.) payed off in three quick fouls against Williams.
JSU opened the contest with a 9-0 run that was halted by Kelly dropping in two shots from the charity stripe at the 14:46 mark. Tennesse State managed to creep within 14 points before a tip-in by JSU's Shante Stanford pushed them ahead before the break.
Despite concluding the first stanza, 33-17, in favor of Jackson State, Tennessee State outperformed JSU from behind the three-point arc, 50 percent (3-6) to 25 percent (2-8) , and knocked down more free throws, 66.7 percent (4-6) compared to 50.0 percent (7-14).
TSU came out of the locker room eager to put more points on the board however the return of Amie Williams, who scored 16 points in the second half, slowed them down. The closest Tennessee State would come was 19 points before Jackson State widened the scoring gap en route to its 70-35 win.
The Lady Tigers of Tennessee State were led in scoring by senior Kisha Stewart (Memphis, Tenn.), who dropped in eight points, while Jackson State had four players in double digits.
Tennessee State returns to action on January 5 as it is on the road to take on Birmingham Southern. Game time is set for 7 p.m.