Monday, January 27, 2003SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 27, 2003) - East Tennessee State's women's basketball team snapped a six game winless streak on the road with a 70-65 victory at Wofford Monday night.
Wofford (4-14, 1-8) took a 65-64 lead on a Brie Bradshaw free throw with two minutes to play. Just four seconds later, East Tennessee State (6-12, 3-6 SoCon) gained a one-point advantage as Misty Copas (Kingsport, Tenn.) sank a layup. The Lady Terriers missed a pair of 3 pointers during their two ensuing possessions, and sent Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) to the line with 17 seconds remaining in an attempt to regain the ball. Mayes converted both free throws for a 68-65 lead. Kiya Verdell (Hartwell, Ga.) hit two free throws with one second left to give East Tennessee State its 70-65 final margin.
The lead changed hands 19 times in the course of the exciting contest, and neither team saw an advantage of more than seven points. The Lady Bucs had a 37-35 halftime advantage.
Verdell led East Tennessee State by tallying her second double-double of the season. She scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the contest. Mayes added 11 points, three blocks and seven boards, while Lauren Trantham (Asheville, N.C.) had eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Lady Bucs.
East Tennessee State continues its road swing Saturday with a 7 p.m. game at Southern Conference leading Chattanooga.
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