Women?s Hoops Drops Close One to NCCU
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Durham, N.C. --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team dropped a, 64-60, down to the wire decision to North Carolina Central Tuesday evening at McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium.


Tennessee State falls to 4-7 while North Carolina Central moves to 2-9 on the season.


Tiffany Jackson recorded her third double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds while Kendra Appling added 17 points.


The Lady Tigers got off to a choppy start and went scoreless in the opening four minutes of the game. After falling behind 7-0, TSU finally got on the board on a three-pointer from Charisse Hicks.


NC Central stretched its advantage to 11-3 before TSU used an 11-4 run to cut the deficit down to one (15-14). NCCU, however, rallied off eight unanswered points to build the lead back up to 23-14.


A jumper by Nikki Rumph sparked a 10-3 run that closed out the half and brought TSU to within two (26-24) at the break.


In the second half, Kendra Appling nailed a triple to give TSU a 29-28 lead, its first of the game. From that point, both teams battled as the score wavered back and forth.


Late in the game, with the Lady Eagles holding on to a 62-60 lead and the ball, the Lady Tigers had to foul NCCU to stop the clock. Jori Nwachukwu knocked down two free-throws to give NCCU a 64-60 advantage with 11 seconds left on the clock.


With time winding down, the Lady Tigers were not able to get off a shot on their final possession.


Tennessee State’s struggles from the free-throw line continued as the Lady Tigers shot 66.7 from the charity stripe.


The Lady Tigers return to action on Friday when they face cross town opponent Vanderbilt University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.