NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 19, 2008) - Senior Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) poured in a career-high 21 points and sophomore post Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) posted her fourth-ever double-double with a career-best 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Bucs cruised past Lipscomb, 77-55, Saturday afternoon inside Allen Arena.
The victory marks ETSU's second road win of the season, but more importantly the Lady Bucs improved to 3-1 in conference play (7-10 overall). Lipscomb dropped to 3-14, 1-3, and has now lost five of the six meetings against ETSU.
Last season the ETSU women's basketball team did not look so hot inside Allen Arena, but on Saturday the Lady Buccaneers avenged their five-point loss by receiving a total team effort in the win. Along with Norman and Belcher's career performances, senior Michele DeVault (
"I am very pleased with our overall effort; especially coming off a disappointing loss Wednesday night at Appalachian State," mentioned head coach Karen Kemp. "Jenny (
The Lady Bucs stormed out of the gates early as they scored the game's first nine points, forcing Lipscomb to call its first timeout at the 18:00 mark. Over the next five and a half minutes, ETSU would extend its lead to 17, 21-4, when
As a team ETSU shot 45.7 percent (16-35) from the field, compared to Lipscomb's 40.7 shooting clip (11-27). Both squads did an excellent job finding the open player; combining for 17 assists (ETSU had nine of them). The big story of the half was the Lady Bucs' defense. ETSU forced Lipscomb to turn the ball over 15 times, resulting in 23 points on the other end. Seven different Lady Buc players reached the scoring column, but
ETSU started the second half extending its lead to 19, 52-33, thanks to the strong play of Davis and DeVaut.
For the contest, the Lady Buccaneers went 29-for-65 (44.6 percent) from the floor, while holding Lipscomb to 19-of-57 shooting (33.3 percent). ETSU put on a clinic with its passing, totaling 18 assists on the afternoon. Sophomore Siarre Evans (
ETSU wraps up its three-game road trip with an afternoon matinee at
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