Nashville --- The Lady Tiger seniors played their final game in the Gentry Center Saturday afternoon, suffering a, 67-65, loss to Jacksonville State.
Tennessee State (9-16, 6-10 OVC) got off to a sluggish first half start and trailed Jacksonville State (9-18, 6-11 OVC) 39-29 at the break. TSU fell behind by as many as 16 points before forging a comeback. With the Lady Tigers down 67-65 and the clock ticking down TSU's shot attempt bounced out of the rim with three seconds and JSU came away with the rebound.
Meredith Stafford led four double-digit scorers with 16 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Nikki Rumph added 12 while Oby Okafor also just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Simone Hopes chipped in 10 points.
Danielle Vaughn recorded a double-double for JSU with 16 points and 16 rebounds while Brittany Wiley and Destiny Lane each tallied 13 apiece.
At the 11:01 mark, TSU trailed 53-43, when a three-pointer by Meredith Stafford sparked a 13-3 run that knotted the game at 56. TSU took its first lead of the half, 58-56, on a lay-up from Stafford but JSU answered right back and tied the game.
With the Lady Tigers down 67-63, Nikki Rumph scored to bring TSU to within two with 14 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Rumph forced a JSU turnover, giving TSU the ball back with eight seconds remaining.
TSU's final shot attempt, however, was off the mark.
TSU finished the game 26-of-75 (34.7 percent) from the field, including 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from three-point range. JSU was 24-of-63 (38.1 percent) from the field and 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Tigers shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from the charity stripe while the Gamecocks knocked down 63.6 percent (14-of-22) of their free-throws.
The Lady Tigers will hit the road next week when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri on Thursday, Feb.25. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.