Lady Bucs win second in a row, pound Western Carolina 84-68
<b>Tiffani Mayes posted her third double-double of the season with 30 points and 13 rebounds versus Western Carolina</b>
Tiffani Mayes posted her third double-double of the season with 30 points and 13 rebounds versus Western Carolina

Monday, January 10, 2005

(Jan. 10, 2005) -  The Lady Bucs basketball squad looked to extend their winning streak to two straight tonight as they hosted the Western Carolina Catamounts (7-8, 3-5 SoCon) in Southern Conference action from Memorial Center.  With two Bucs recording double-doubles, including a second straight game with ETSU forward Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) scoring at least 30 points, the Bucs captured the 84-68 SoCon win.  Guard B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) tallied a career-best 10 assists, adding 18 points in the victory which sends the Bucs record to 6-8, 4-3 SoCon for the year.

 

The home squad took the early lead opening the contest on a 19-11 run through the first ten minutes of play capped off by a Mayes lay-up and Angela Estes (Cincinnati, Ohio) assist.  The Catamount offense caught fire at the nine-minute mark, after four straight Ki-Ki Glass free-throws, and a Teyawna Hardy jumper, the ETSU lead was just 19-16 with just under eight minutes remaining in the half.  The duo of Mayes and Banjo began to take control of the game, as the Bucs offense quickly regrouped extending their lead to 38-29 heading into the halftime intermission. 

 

The first half was highlighted with 14 ETSU point in the paint compared to the 12 of the Catamounts, while the Bucs led the majority of the half, as there was just one lead change throughout the first 20 minutes of play.  Mayes led all scorers at the break with 18, while Candace Gibson (Warner Robbins, Ga.) added two points, one steal and one block in the first half.  WCU was led by Sigita Maleraite who posted eight points and two rebounds, while Ashley Pellom recorded two assists in the first.

 

The ETSU offense started the second half much as they ended the first, on a tear led by Mayes, and the hot hand of Banjo.  With a 16-2 run, beginning with a Banjo three, the Bucs extended their lead to 54-31 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the second half.  The offensive effort of the Bucs was to strong for the Catamount defense to match with the lead was as high as 27 with seven minutes remaining in the half.  Although a strong 23-14 Catamount run to end the half neared the score at 84-68, the Bucs held on for their second straight home, and SoCon victory.

 

"I was very proud of the way our team came out tonight.  Especially our effort to begin the second half," Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp said.  "We knew that if we could get the ball inside to Tiffani (Mayes) and Candace (Gibson) our offense would take over just as they did in a great win for our team."

 

Mayes posted 30 points and 13 rebounds, her third double-double of the year, while Banjo tallied the career-best 10 assists and 18 points including a 4-7 tally from beyond the arc.  The Bucs three-point shooting was on fire tonight, 7-17, with Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) finishing the night 2-7 from three-point range, and freshman Michelle DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) going 1-1 in the win. 

 

ETSU shot 46 percent from the field, compared to the 35 percent of the Catamounts.  Rebounding was a strength in the win for the Bucs as they out rebounded WCU 47 to 37 while both teams committed 22 turnovers for the game.

 

ETSU will be back in action this Saturday, Jan. 15, when they make the short trip to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers.  Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. with pre-game and play-by-play analysis on the Buccaneer Sports Network beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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