Appalachian State topples Lady Bucs, 85-73
B.J. Banjo scored a game-high 20 in Wednesday's loss.
B.J. Banjo scored a game-high 20 in Wednesday's loss.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

BOONE, N.C. (December 21, 2005) - The East Tennessee State women's basketball team suffered its second-consecutive defeat on Wednesday night, falling to Appalachian State, 85-73, in the Holmes Center.  ETSU drops to 5-3 on the year with the loss, while ASU improves to 5-4 with its fourth-straight win.  The Mountaineers led by as many as 18 before earning the 12-point victory.


B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) led ETSU with 20 points, followed by Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.) with 17.  Sophomore Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) tallied a career-best 14 points in the loss. 


Kiki Conyers paced the Mountaineers with 19 points, while Danielle Edwards added a 16-point, 10-rebound effort.


ASU continued to pull away at the start of the second frame, extending the lead to 13.  Norman gave the Lady Bucs their first score of the half, at the 18:04 mark.  A pair of baskets by Banjo, along with a bucket and free throw by Gibson brought the Lady Bucs back within six at 51-45, with just under 15 minutes remaining. 


The Mountaineers answered, taking their advantage back to double digits thanks to scores by Jocelyn Wyatt and Edwards, making the lead 55-45.


ETSU earned its first lead of the game at the 16:12 mark, when Adaeze Azubuike (Lexington, Ky.) came up with a steal and a break-away layup, giving the Lady Bucs the 9-8 advantage.  The Lady Bucs then surged to a nine-point lead, 19-10, with just over 13 minutes remaining.  Banjo led the way with six points during the run.


ASU began to chip away at the deficit with a pair of buckets from both Kiki Conyers, and Danielle Edwards, but the Lady Bucs held their ground, maintaining a 24-19 lead with 11:08 remaining.  ASU continued to charge, as a basket by Edwards at the 8:11 mark brought the Mountaineers within three, at 26-23.


A three-pointer by Conyers gave the Mountaineers the lead at 33-31, with 5:04 left in the period.  The Mountaineers controlled the momentum from there, going on a 13-5 run to end the half.  A buzzer-beating three by Conyers brought the lead to double digits at 46-36, going into the locker room.


ASU took advantage of a barrage of Lady Buc turnovers, as ETSU committed eight miscues in the last 7:42, after turning the ball over only four times in the first 12 minutes.


Banjo and Conyers were the top scorers in the first half, both tallying 14 points.  Gibson was next in line for the Lady Bucs with nine points, followed by Norman with seven.  ASU's Greteya Kelley added nine points, while Ketner and Edwards totaled eight apiece.


After a brief holiday break, the Lady Bucs will be in action in Johnson City, as they host Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 28.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., in Memorial Center.

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