Saturday, February 16, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2008) - Sophomore post Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) scored a game high 19 points and three other ETSU women's basketball players notched 14 apiece as the Lady Bucs dropped Lipscomb 89-65 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon inside Memorial Center.
ETSU bounced back in a big way after having its eight-game conference win streak snapped last Monday at
The three Lady Buccaneer players who pitched in with 14 included senior's Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) and Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) as well as sophomore Siarre Evans (
"I think we played a lot better in the second half as we were able to control the tempo," commented head coach Karen Kemp whose club is eyeing its first A-Sun crown. "I keep stressing to my team that from here on out each game is important, because every time we step on the floor we are playing for a conference championship."
The Lady Bucs jumped out to a quick 9-4 start heading into the first media timeout. Then, ETSU used a 16-5 run to extend its lead to 16, 25-9, when sophomore Devin Thompson (
In the first half, ETSU shot 37.8 percent (14-37) from the field, compared to Lipscomb's 30.8 clip (8-26). Free throws kept the Lady Bisons intact as they hit 10-of-14, while the Lady Bucs were 9-of-11. ETSU dominated in the paint, doubling up Lipscomb, 20-10, and out-rebounded the visitors from
Lipscomb carried its momentum over into the second half by cutting the deficit to eight, 41-33, with 18:39 remaining, but ETSU's 19-9 run over the next five-plus ended any chance of a Lady Bison upset. Evans and Belcher took over in the spurt as they combined for 16 of those points and moved the Lady Buccaneer lead to 18, 60-42. From there, the ETSU advantage would hover around the 20-point mark, but Belcher's lay-in with 3:03 left in the contest gave the Lady Bucs their largest lead of the night, 85-57.
Once again ETSU did an outstanding job distributing the basketball as they tied a season high with its 23 assists on 32 made field goals. Freshman point guard Kami Phillips (
The Lady Bucs shot 44.4 percent from the floor (32-72) and held Lipscomb to only 33.9 percent (21-62). After having its streak of 101 games with a three-pointer come to an end at
This week marks the WBCA's "Think Pink" marketing campaign. The initiative of this plan is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Lady Bucs were supporting pink shoelaces, socks, and headbands to help support the cause, while fans were also able to make donations and bid on autographed items from the women's and men's basketball teams. All the proceeds will be used to help fight the deadly disease.
ETSU will now close out its home portion of the schedule Monday night when they host
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