Strong second half effort lifts Lady Bucs past Chattanooga, 77-60

Saturday, November 13, 2010

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2010)
- The ETSU women's basketball team closed out the final 9 minutes, 41 seconds of the game on a 27-8 run, and the Lady Bucs cruised to a 77-60 victory over Chattanooga Friday night inside McKenzie Arena. 
The win marked the second straight year the Lady Bucs opened the season with victory over their in-state rival, and it's the first ETSU win in Chattanooga since head coach Karen Kemp's squad defeated UTC, 55-50, in the 2005 SoCon Tournament.
Senior Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) led all scorers, tying her career-high with 23 points, while freshman Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) recorded a double-double in her first collegiate game. Mitchell ended with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
"This is a very good feeling to come into Chattanooga and walk away with a win in the season opener," said Kemp. "I am very pleased with our performance down the stretch and it took a total team effort to earn this victory.
"T.D. (Tara Davis) showed us why she is the leader out there for us, and I thought Destiny and Iesha both played very well tonight. To have a double-double in her first college game shows what type of player Destiny is, and Iesha hit some clutch shots during our run late in the game."   
In the first half, Davis scored ten of the first 18 Lady Buccaneer points and ETSU led by seven (18-11) after the senior guard sank a pair of free throws at the 11:49 mark. Davis continued lighting things up for the Lady Bucs as she scored the next five points for the Blue and Gold, putting ETSU up 23-13 after laying one in with less than ten minutes remaining. Unfortunately, the Lady Bucs went cold - going the next four-plus minutes without a point - and Chattanooga grabbed a 26-23 lead when Whitney Hood laid one in with 5:44 left before the break. However, with the Lady Mocs up two (29-27), Davis stepped up and knocked down her third three-pointer of the half, giving ETSU a 30-27 lead; and the Lady Bucs went into the break up one, 34-33.
Davis led all scorers at the break with 18 points as the Lady Bucs shot 39.4 percent (13-33), while Hood and Kayla Christopher paced Chattanooga with ten points.  
The opening five minutes of the second half were tightly contested as there were three ties and five lead changes within that span, but with the game knotted at 42, ETSU rattled off six straight points to take a 48-42 advantage after Iesha Robinson (Martinsburg, W. Va.) sank one of her three three-point field goals at the 12:49 mark. However, Chattanooga posted a 7-0 run to regain a 52-50 lead, but the Lady Bucs didn't back down as ETSU outscored the Lady Mocs, 27-8, in the final ten minutes of the game to walk away with the 17-point victory.
The Lady Bucs shot 46.0 percent (29-63) for the contest and ETSU outscored UTC, 36-22, in the paint. Meanwhile, ETSU held the Lady Mocs to a 33.3 shooting clip (21-63).
Davis dished out seven of the Lady Bucs' 16 assists, while ETSU also out-rebounded Chattanooga, 45 to 40. 
Joining Davis and Mitchell in double figures were Robinson and junior Gwen Washington (Manassas, Va.). Robinson finished with 11 points in 19 minutes of action, while Washington added 17 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Chattanooga had three score in double figures as Christopher led the way with 16 points.
ETSU faces a quick turnaround as the Lady Bucs return home to face Richmond on Sunday afternoon. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
For more information on Lady Buccaneer hoops, visit
Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU