With the win,
The Lady Tigers were slowly chipping at the lead when a break-away lay-up by Nikki Rumph brought TSU to within two (18-16) late in the first half. A&M, however, hit a shot at the buzzer to carry a 21-16 lead into the break.
In the first half, the Lady Tigers committed 17 turnovers and only connected on seven field goals.
TSU grabbed its first lead of the game (24-23) after Kendra Appling nailed her second 3-pointer of the half. Appling’s triple sparked a 16-6 run that gave the Lady Tigers their biggest lead of the contest (37-27).
Not to be denied, the Bulldogs continued to fight and outscored the Lady Tigers 16-5 over a span of nearly seven minutes to reclaim the lead (45-44) with 6:24 left to play in the half.
TSU went back on top 46-45 after Tiffany Jackson connected on a lay-up and the Lady Tigers held on to the lead for the rest of the game.
With twelve seconds left on the clock and holding a slight 55-54 lead, two made free-throws gave TSU a 57-54 advantage. On the ensuing possession, Kendra Appling forced a Bulldog turnover and got fouled. She nailed two free-throw shots with one second left on the clock to ice the game.
Tennessee Sate shot 47.8 percent from the field and tallied 17 assists as a team.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Tuesday when they face off against the Lady Eagles of North Carolina Central at McDougald Gymnasium.