JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (November 29, 2005) - East Tennessee State drained 5-of-6 free throws in the last 18 seconds Tuesday night, as the Lady Bucs basketball squad topped Eastern Kentucky, 81-74, in Memorial Center. Senior B.J. Banjo (
After trailing 42-39 going into the locker room, the Lady Colonials battled back to a six-point lead at 58-52 with 11 minutes to go in the second period. ETSU chipped away at the deficit, rallying to a 60-59 lead with 9:10 left to play. Senior Candace Gibson (
A three-point play by EKU's Laura Shelton put the Lady Colonels back up by two, but Banjo answered with a layup at 4:30 to knot the score at 68. The teams traded baskets before Michele DeVault (
Banjo put ETSU up four with 25 seconds left, but EKU wouldn't go away, as Ashley Cazee nailed a pair of free throws, bringing EKU back within two. Nichelle Akers (
Brooke Wilhoit (
After turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, the Lady Bucs held onto the ball in the second frame, making only three turnovers. EKU totaled 24 give aways on the game.
EKU's Andrea Jenkins controlled the boards, pulling down a game-best 12 rebounds on the evening. Jenkins also posted a team-high 14 points for the game's only double-double. Banjo, DeVault, and Jenny Norman (
The Lady Bucs came out strong, shooting out to the 6-0 in the first half with buckets by Gibson, Norman, and freshman Adaeze Azubuike (
A Wilhoit layup put ETSU up five with just 11 second left in the first stanza, but Jayme Thiem brought the Lady Colonials within three with a two-point bucket as time expired.
The Lady Bucs have a pair of contests on tap for the weekend, as they open their inaugural Atlantic Sun campaign on Thursday, Dec. 1, as