The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team has won again, moving them up to 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 16-7 overall as they defeated Tennessee Tech 70-54 on the road Saturday evening.
Briana Benson dropped 20 points, energizing the Gamecocks as they ended the game with a total of 70 points. Senior Candace Morton dropped 12 points and senior Destany McLin scored 10.
JSU was quite successful in shooting from the field as they came out of the first half with 52 percent. However, Jacksonville State’s defense restricted Tennessee Tech to 11-of-29 from the field.
JSU began the second half with an eight point lead and was able to pick up 36 more points before the end of the game. Jacksonville State’s sturdy defense was able to keep Tennessee Tech back, so TTU was only able to score 28 more points in the second half. JSU was able to maintain a strong lead and soon reached the double-digits at the 9:43 mark after Courtney Strain scored a three-pointer.
Tennessee Tech tried to catch up quickly by giving JSU only a three point lead of 40-37, but JSU fought back by gaining 13 more points, giving the Gamecocks a 16 point lead.
Jacksonville State grew steady control of the game and eventually gained a 20 point lead after Morton made a pair of free-throws.
This will be the first double-digit win against Tennessee Tech for JSU since 2005. This is also the first time since the 2003-04 season that the women’s basketball team has recorded three double-digit wins in a row.
Tennessee Tech now falls to 2-9 in the OVC.
JSU finished the game with a shot percentage of almost 49 percent from the field. Tennessee Tech made only 35 percent.
The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team will play again on Feb. 11 in the Pete Mathews Coliseum at 5:30 pm against Belmont.