JACKSONVILLE, Ala. --- The Tennessee State women's basketball team's much-improved season had a heart-breaking conclusion as Jacksonville State hit a game-winning shot with 20 seconds remaining to hand the Lady Tigers a 65-64 defeat in the first round of the O'Reilly Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
The Lady Tigers had entered the tournament as the fifth seed and would have the challenge of defeating the Gamecocks three times in a season, including in consecutive games.
TSU appeared to be on its way to a third straight win. TSU led 35-24 at halftime behind its defense which forced 15 turnovers in the opening half. TSU would lead by as many as 13 before the hosts made a 15-2 run to tie the game at 43-43.
The Lady Tigers regained the lead, making the score 57-52 before JSU's Rebecca Haynes sparked another rally over a four-minute span to set the stage for the winning shot.
JSU's Coble Carlisle hit the shot to give JSU the one-point edge. LaToya Clay's shot for the victory rolled off the win.
Kendra Bailey led the Lady Tigers with 18 points while LaKisha Clay had 15 points and five steals. LaToya Clay had 11 points.
The Lady Tigers, who had 23 offensive boards in Saturday's 54-50 victory, was limited to nine for the game as the Gamecocks had an overall 32-23 advantage on the boards.
The Lady Tigers finish their season at 11-17 overall. TSU increased its win total by 10 games overall and eight games within the OVC regular season under interim head coach Tracee Jones.