CINCINNATI, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2003) - The East Tennessee State women's basketball team fought valiantly to take the lead late in the second half, but High Point regained the advantage and held on for a 53-51 victory over the Lady Bucs Saturday afternoon from the Provident Bank Invitational hosted by Xavier University at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
High Point (4-2) held the lead, 53-51, at halftime, but the Lady Bucs presented a much bigger challenge in the second half. After shooting just 24 percent (7-of-29) in the first half, ETSU shot the ball at a 50 percent clip (12-of-24) in the second stanza.
The Lady Bucs (0-4, 0-1 Southern Conference) tied the game at 38 on a three pointer by freshman guard Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) midway through the second half. ETSU took their first lead of the afternoon, 42-40, after a pair of made free throws by junior forward Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.).
ETSU held a 51-50 lead with just over a minute remaining, but Panther guard Shorty Martin hit a layup with 51 seconds remaining to give High Point the lead for good. The Panthers played excellent defense down the stretch, as the Lady Bucs did not convert on a field goal attempt in the last 3:09 of the game.
The Lady Bucs were led by Mayes, who had a monster game with 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. It was also a career-high in rebounds for Mayes, as she turned in her second-consecutive double-double and led the team in scoring for the fourth straight-game.
Moring came off the bench to score 10 points for the Lady Bucs while freshman guard Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville, Tenn.) led the team with four assists.
High Point was led by forward Emily Mills, who tallied a game-high 18 points while Martin added 14. Forward Katie O'Dell had a team-high nine rebounds while fellow forward Kate Jenner recorded a game-high six steals.
ETSU returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they face Central Michigan in the consolation game of the Provident Bank Invitational hosted by Xavier University at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.