The Gamecock women led a defeated Tennessee Tech for the first time in 13 meetings Saturday afternoon.
It was Candace Morton who began JSU’s lead with a layup. The Gamecocks kept the lead for the entire game as they were out 28-10 early. TTU managed to pull close to the Gamecocks before halftime with the score at 39-33. JSU was 50% shooting from the field as the first half came to a close.
The Golden Eagles came out fast and tied the game at 42 before the Gamecocks went on a 7-0 stretch.
It was on a shot by TTU’s Diamond Henderson that the score was tied again at 59 with 8:29 remaining in the game.
McLin answered with two free throws, while Miranda Cantrell added a layup that pushed JSU back out front once again. It was again TTU’s Henderson that responded with a layup of her own, but freshman Briana Benson had two free throws that put the Gamecocks up by four with time at 4:50.
With less than three minutes remaining, Henderson cut the Gamecocks’ lead to two. But Morton’s two free throws pushed JSU back up ahead by four.
Only 47 seconds were left in the game and the Gamecocks clung to a 67-65 lead. Cantrell put a layup on the board, which gave JSU room to work with as the clock ticked away.
Henderson again added a layup to the mix, but free throws from multiple Gamecocks sealed the coveted victory.
Morton finished the game with 23 points while Destany McLin had 16, ten of which came in the first half.
It was also a career high scoring night for Briana Benson, who had 21 points during the game.
Miranda Cantrell contributed 10 points as well.Tennessee Tech’s Henderson had the game-high 37 points.
This game also marked the first time since the Tennessee State game last month that two Gamecocks have scored more than 20 points in a night.
Far from the 1-27 season of last year the Gamecocks are 10-15 and currently have won seven of their last 11 games they’ve played in 2014.
They also have six OVC wins which is the most they’ve had since the 2010-2011 season.