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.
The Lady Tigers return to action on Friday when they face cross town opponent