Lady Tigers' free-throw shooting in the final minutes a factor in win over JSU
Jacksonville, Ala. – In a game that experienced 13 lead changes, the Lady Tigers used an 8-2 run and tough defense in the final minute to upend Jacksonville State in OVC action, 57-52, at the Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday night.
TSU tacks on their fourth straight for their longest winning streak of the season moving to 16-11 overall, 12-4 in OVC play.
Tiffany Jackson tallied her fourth double-double of the season scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 boards. Kendra Appling scored a game-high 16 points and Charisse Hicks added 13. Jasmine Smith complimented with eight points pulling in a game-high 18 rebounds (15 defensive).
The Lady Tigers shot 70 percent from the free-throw line and 27 percent from the field. TSU won the rebounding battle, 48-46, while outscoring JSU 13-4 in second chance points.
The Lady Tigers trailed, 11-10, at the 12:11 mark in the first half before taking their first lead of the game behind a Smith lay-up, 12-11, with 9:22 on the clock. Three tied scores and five lead changes followed before the Lady Tigers trailed at the break, 25-22.
In the second half, JSU (7-20, 4-13 OVC) opened a 13-3 run for the game's largest lead, 38-25, with 12:19 left. The Gamecocks shot 40 percent from the floor in the second and 37 percent overall behind Destiny Lane's team-high 12 points.
TSU retaliated igniting a 17-4 run to regain the lead, 43-42, with 6:44 remaining. With every possesion critical, four lead changes and two ties ensued. With 1:16 left and the game tied, 50-50, the Lady Tigers shot 7-of-9 from the charity stripe and held JSU to one score to seal the win.
The Lady Tigers return home to the Gentry Center next week for their final games of the regular season when they host Southeast Missouri (2/26 - Pink Zone) and Eastern Illinois (2/28). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.