Saturday, November 17, 2007
Despite the loss sophomore Siarre Evans (
The bad news for ETSU was they allowed career nights for two Samford players. Emily London scored 20 (4-of-6 from three-point range); while Chika Okoli ended with a career best in points (10) and rebounds (7). Alex Munday led all scorers with 23 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
The Lady Bucs stormed out of the gate in the first half as they hit nine of their first 14 shots. ETSU quickly opened on an 11-3 run, thanks to stellar play from Evans and freshman point guard Tara Davis (
Both teams shot the ball well during the first 20 minutes. ETSU finished with a 51.7 (15-29) shooting percentage, compared to 48.4 (15-31) percent by Samford. Nine of the 15 field goals came from beyond the arc for the Bulldogs.
The threes continued to keep falling for Samford in the second half, as they opened the first nine minutes and thirty-five seconds on a 24-7 run and never looked back. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 20, 74-54, when Monica Maxwell hit her fourth and final three of the night. Samford's lead would balloon to 30, 88-58, when Okoli connected on a free throw at the 3:13 mark; however, the Lady Buccaneers ended on a respectable 14-3 run to fall by 19.
Samford finished 50 percent (28-56) from the floor, compared to 40 percent (26-65) by ETSU. The Bulldogs bettered themselves from beyond the arc, finishing 55.6 percent (15-27) from long range. ETSU did out-rebound Samford, 42-32, and shot 85 percent (17-20) from the charity stripe.
ETSU will now prepare for its home opener Tuesday night when the Lady Bucs host instate rival UT Chattanooga. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. inside
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