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Lady Bucs rally past Kennesaw State in front of record setting crowd, 81-77
Saturday, February 02, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2008) - It was a second half to remember for the ETSU women's basketball team as they shot 70.4 percent from the field and outscored Kennesaw State by 11, (47-36) as the Lady Bucs rallied past the Lady Owls, 81-77, in front of a record setting crowd of 1,236 fans Saturday afternoon inside Memorial Center.
ETSU remains on fire with the victory as they have won a season-high five consecutive games and improve to 11-10, 7-1 in the Atlantic Sun. With the win, the Lady Buccaneers remain in a battle with
Four Lady Buccaneer players reached double figures in scoring, but it was the combination of strong post play and a little
Senior Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) was red-hot Saturday as she finished with 18 points (9-of-11 shooting), five rebounds, and a career-high six blocks; while sophomore Siarre Evans (
"I was very pleased with our second half effort," added head coach Karen Kemp, whose club has won seven of its first eight conference games. "Jenny (
After shooting only 39 percent in the first frame, the Lady Buccaneers heated up and quickly cut their seven-point halftime deficit to three, 45-42, when senior Kelly Turman (
The Lady Owls answered and took a 57-56 advantage on DeAndrea Bullock's three-pointer, but a pair of free throws by Evans at the 9:01 mark gave ETSU a one-point lead and they would never trail from there. ETSU pushed its lead to eight, 72-64, when TaRonda Wiles (
The Lady Bucs shot a season-high 53.3 percent (32-60) from the field and only missed eight shots (19-of-27) in the final 20 minutes of the ballgame. ETSU limited Kennesaw to a 28 percent clip in the second stanza, forcing the Lady Owls to shoot 36.1 percent (26-72) for the contest. The Lady Bucs did most of their work in the paint as they outscored KSU, 44-24, and ETSU's bench also doubled up the Lady Owls, 28-14. ETSU posted a 50-plus shooting mark for the first time since they hit 54 percent of its shots against Jacksonville in the A-Sun semifinals (March 9, 2007). Wiles led ETSU with five of its 19 assists, and the
In the first half, it looked like the Lady Buccaneers would run away with the game early as they opened the first six minutes on a 16-4 run. ETSU used second chance points to guide the spurt, with the Lady Bucs scoring nine points on eight offensive rebounds during the span. However,
Then the game remained tight as there were four lead changes and one tie during the final six and half minutes. Unfortunately, for the Lady Buccaneers their defense collapsed during last 2:50 of the half, because
During the first 20 minutes,
ETSU will close out its two-game homestand by hosting Mercer Monday evening. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. inside
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