Evans led the way with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Bucs, while fellow junior Latisha Belcher (
The loss snapped ETSU's two-game winning streak and the Lady Bucs' record dropped to 3-6.
"We are going to take a lot away from this game," commented head coach Karen Kemp. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball, and too many turnovers in the first 10 minutes proved to be the difference maker. I am very proud of the way we battled after getting down by as many as 15 points and hopefully we can bounce back against
Despite getting off to a sluggish start to open the contest, the Lady Buccaneers did an excellent job holding their own in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
ETSU had trouble holding onto the ball in the opening four minutes of the game, as the Lady Bucs coughed the ball up five times - resulting in six points for Wake Forest - and the Demon Deacons led, 12-7, at the first media timeout (15:49). Then, following Latisha Belcher's (Martinsville, Va.) lay-up at the 17:15 mark, Wake Forest held the Lady Bucs scoreless for the next seven minutes and the Demon Deacons extended their lead to 15, 22-7, with 10:19 remaining in the half. However, ETSU did a tremendous job staying in the game by lowering the 15-point deficit to seven, 36-29, when Evans drove the lane for an easy bucket and the Lady Bucs went into the break down, 38-29.
The Lady Bucs shot 35.3 percent (12-34) from the floor in the opening half, compared to
ETSU started the second half on fire thanks to Evans taking over and cutting the margin to three, 40-37, with less than four minutes coming off the clock. The
Once again, like in the first half, the Lady Bucs did not fold. Belcher exploded by scoring nine straight points for ETSU and chipped the deficit down to six, 52-46, after the power post player laid one in at the 12:16 mark. From there, ETSU would get to within five on five separate possessions, and eventually lowered it to two, 63-61, when Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) converted on one of her two free throw attempts with 5:32 on the clock.
With two minutes remaining freshman post Gwen Washington's (
For the game ETSU shot 36.9 percent (24-65) and posted its second straight 50-plus rebound game (51 rebounds). The Lady Bucs also did a solid job scoring off their turnovers forced by converting 24 points on 18 forced turnovers. Unfortunately, 27 turnovers and one 15-0 first half run was the story of the game.
Waters led the way with 19 points and Corinne Groves added 17 for
The Lady Bucs finally return home to
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