The win by LU snapped a six-game losing skid, while JSU dropped its eight consecutive game to start to the season.
Jax State, trailing 33-25, at the halftime break, erased LU’s 11-point, 25-14 lead at the 5:09 mark of the half and got within a basket at 27-25 after an 11-2 run over a four-minute frame. After LU pushed the lead out to as many as 11 points on two occasions in the first five minutes of the second half and took a 45-34 lead at the 14:23 mark. Jax State would put together a 10-0 scoring run that covered the next three minutes to get within a point at 45-44 nearing the midway point of the half. LU would extend the JSU deficit back out to 11 points at 59-48 with 6:43 left in the game. Junior Dashauna Truss and freshman Destany McLin led the Gamecocks’ second half charge as the pair combined for 16 of the 29 points.
high 12 points. She has now scored in double figures in three consecutive games. Truss was also credited with three assists. McLin, who made her first career start, made the most of it with 11 total points and three buckets in the second half. The rest of the Gamecocks were limited in scoring as they hit just 33 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and did not record a field goal in the game’s final 2:41.
Nashville, Tenn.-native Briana Morrow contributed seven points, while Destiny James and Marikate Gardler added five points each.
JSU continues its December road trip on Wednesday as it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn. to face the Mocs of Chattanooga. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. CST. UTC enters the contest at 7-1 on the season after taking down Alabama, 72-58, on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. UTC also has a win under its belt over perennial power, Tennessee.