SAVANNAH, Ga.--- Despite two 22 point performances by Sophomore Kendra Appling and Junior Meesha Jackson, Tennessee State fell to the Savannah State Tigers 65-79 Wednesday night in Tiger Arena.
With the loss the Lady Tigers fall to 0-2 on the season while Savannah State improves to 3-0.
The game got off to a slow start as neither team scored for the first two minutes of the game. Savannah State was the first to strike on a lay-up by Amber West. The score went back and forth until the host Tigers jumped ahead 10 points at the 9:54 mark (19-9). A lay-up by Meesha Jackson would cut the deficit to five (19-14) but Savannah State increased its advantage to 11 with 6:41 left on the clock.
TSU would once again muster up a 5-0 run to close the gap (25-19) but struggled to maintain as Savannah State rallied off a run of its own pulling away by as many as 11 points (30-19). With 4:40 left on clock TSU began to chip away at the lead and cut the Savannah State advantage to two (30-28) on a lay-up by Meesha Jackson. Savannah State would score two consecutive buckets to claim a 34-28 lead going into the break.
TSU would struggle to find an offensive rhythm in the early part of the second half, only scoring 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the half. Savannah State led by as many as 16 points in the second stanza. The Lady Tigers managed to cut the deficit to ten but Savannah State was able to keep TSU at bay in route to the 70-65 win.
Meesha Jackson produced a double-double in her debut on the basketball court with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Kendra Appling scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game with 22 points and five steals.
The Lady Tigers will return to action on Monday (Nov. 27) at Lipscomb. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.