BUIES CREEK, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2007) - After suffering its first conference loss less than a week ago, the ETSU women's basketball team got back on track Thursday night as they downed Campbell 87-66 inside Carter Gymnasium. With the win, ETSU improves to 8-7, 4-1 A-Sun, while Campbell falls to 3-11, 1-3.
Five Lady Buc players reached double figures tonight, as freshman Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) led the way with a game-high 20 points. Juniors Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) and Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) combined for 32 points, as DeVault added 17 and Norman finished with 15. Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville) chipped in with 16, while freshman Devin Thompson (Smyrna) ended with 11. Marlena Murphy led Campbell with 16 points.
Norman started the second half scoring the first five points for the Lady Bucs, as they built a double digit lead for the first time of the game, 47-37. A quick 8-2 run by the Lady Camels cut the lead to four, but they would not get any closer for the rest of the evening. Wilhoit connected on consecutive three-point plays the next two trips down the court for ETSU, which put them back up 10 with 15:41 remaining. Campbell would cut the lead to six, 57-51, at the 11:59 mark, but the Lady Bucs proved to be too much for the host team as they closed out the game on a 30-15 run for the victory.
Despite a sluggish first half start, the Lady Bucs took a 42-37 lead into the break. ETSU turned the ball over seven times over the first five minutes of the game, and trailed 12-7 early on. From there the Lady Bucs calmed down and posted a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 16-14, thanks to a jumper by Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) with 12:48 to go before half. The lead would exchange hands between both teams during the next 1:10, until a lay-up by Thompson gave ETSU a 20-19 lead at the 11:09 mark, and the Lady Bucs never trailed the rest of the game.
After letting Campbell shoot 60.7 percent (17-28) in the first half, ETSU would finally buckle down in the second half as they held the Lady Camels to nine field goals on 37.5 percent shooting. The Lady Bucs ended the first frame 17-34 (50 percent) and finished 32-72 (44.4 percent) for the contest. ETSU out-rebounded Campbell, 40-32, making it the fifth straight game they have been better on the boards than its opponent. ETSU also showed the Lady Camels why they are the best free throw shooting team in the conference as they shot 88.2 percent (15-17) from the charity stripe.
For the second time in three games, every ETSU player who dressed got in the game. Last year's A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) finished with a four steals and a career-best eight assists. To go along with Wilhoit's 16 points, she also tied her career high with seven steals, and moved into fourth on the all-time assists list at ETSU by recording her 342nd career assist.
The Lady Bucs will continue their two-game road swing as they play Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 2 p.m. inside Paul Porter Arena.