After jumping out to a 13-5 lead by the 14:05 mark of the first half, the Lady Bucs hit a tremendous dry spell, netting only one basket in the next 11 minutes and allowing Mercer to gain the 17-15 advantage with 3:27 to go.
ETSU finally got a much needed bucket when Brooke Wilhoit (
The first half was ugly all-around, with both teams shooting under 32 percent from the field. The Bears were ice cold from three-point land, posting just 14.3 percent, on 1-for-7 shooting, while the Lady Bucs failed to take advantage at the charity stripe, missing all six of their attempts. The Bears committed 14 first-half turnovers to the Lady Bucs' 10.
The Lady Bucs were markedly improved the second frame, upping their shooting percentage to 57.7 from the field and 50.0 from three for the second half, to finish at 42.9 for the game. Mercer continued to struggle, tallying just 33.9 on the day, and 14.3 from behind the arc.
ETSU rolled to a seven-point lead with just over four minutes gone by in the second, and surged to an 11-point advantage by the 9:27 mark, when Kelly Turman (
The Lady Bucs would extend the lead to 13 with 5:38 to play, on a steal and breakaway layup by Banjo, which gave ETSU the 50-37 advantage.
The Bears would claw back however, with a Russell three pointer cutting the lead to five, at 52-47, with just 2:52 remaining. ETSU responded, ending the game on a 8-0 run.
Wilhoit added 10 points and matched her career best with nine boards, while Jenny Norman (
Russell paced the Bears with 13 points, followed by Erin Keller and Rhonda Owens with seven each. Tanya Kessenich was tough on the inside, grabbing 10 rebounds, to go along with four blocks.
The Lady Bucs will be at home in