College basketball: JSU women fall on road in OVC opener
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Candace Morton scored a career-high 24 points but Jacksonville State fell 72-67 at Tennessee Tech in its Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball opener Saturday night.

Morton has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games dating back to last season's final contest. She improved on her previous career-high by a point, as she posted 23 points at Austin Peay during her freshman season. The 24-point effort was her third game in which she has scored 20 or more points and fifth of her career. She made 7 of 14 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line. She scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half. She also pulled down four rebounds in her 34 minutes of action.

The loss dropped JSU to 3-10, while Tennessee Tech is now 4-9, having won 12 straight over the Gamecocks.

JSU trailed 62-44 with 7:27 to play before a 14-0 run trimmed the advantage to 62-58.

However, Tennessee Tech knocked down free throws to hold off the JSU rally. The Gamecocks never got closer than three at 70-67 with 18 seconds left after Morton jumper.

Sophomore Destany McLin registered her first career double-double with 18 points and a new career high of 11 rebounds.

Jacksonville State will return to action Monday, hosting Tennessee-Martin at 5:15 p.m. The men's teams will follow at 7:45 p.m.
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