JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 4, 2008) - The ETSU women's basketball team used a well-balanced attack Monday night as all 13 Lady Buccaneer players reached the scoring column en route to a 31-point victory over Mercer, 88-57, inside Memorial Center.
The victory marks the Lady Bucs' sixth straight win, matching their longest winning streak since going on the same run a year ago (Feb. 17 through March 9). ETSU moved to 12-10, 8-1 in A-Sun play; while Mercer has now lost 13 of its last 14 and fell to 4-18, 1-8. The Lady Bucs remain tied for first with
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"I was very happy as everyone contributed to this win tonight," mentioned head coach Karen Kemp, who saw her team force 28 turnovers and win its seventh straight conference game. "We wanted to come out and focus on improving our full court press and trap defense, and I thought we really executed it well."
It did not take the Lady Bucs long to implement the press, because after Belcher opened with a lay-up 17 seconds into the contest; she quickly forced a steal, which in return led to Evans connecting on yet another easy bucket. From there, the Lady Bucs' defense continued to wreak havoc on the Bears; forcing Mercer to cough the ball up eight times in the first eight minutes of the contest. The Lady Bucs scored six points off those mishaps and cruised to a 26-7 advantage when freshman Kami Phillips (
ETSU shot 50 percent (15-30) from the field in the first 20 minutes, while Mercer was held to a 37 percent clip (10-27). The Lady Bucs did a great job on the boards by out-rebounding the Bears, 21-13, and limiting the visitors to only two offensive rebounds. Mercer turned the ball over 12 times and the Lady Buccaneers used that to score 10 points off those miscues. DeVault led all players with 10 points and both LaToya Jackson and Cristin Seymour chipped in with seven for Mercer.
In the second half, ETSU scored the first six points and extended its lead to 19, 46-27, with 17:30 remaining in the game. Mercer really never had an answer for the Lady Bucs' run as ETSU saw its advantage balloon to 28, 71-43, when Daniels went in for a lay-up at the 7:49 mark. Freshman point guard Sabrina Treakle's (
For the second straight contest, the Lady Bucs shot over 50-percent from the field. ETSU posted a clip of 50.7 (34-67), and Mercer hit 40.4 percent (19-47). The Lady Buccaneers scored 31 points off the 28 turnovers they forced, and out-rebounded Mercer by 13, 40-27. Ten of the 13 ETSU players also notched an assist tonight, as sophomore TaRonda Wiles (
Both teams shot the ball well from beyond the arc, combining to go 16-for-31 (51.6 percent); while the Lady Buccaneers tied their season-high with nine. In total, 21 of 22 players scored in the game and all five of ETSU's starters reached the column with only five minutes gone by in the first half. The Lady Buc bench scored 45 of the 88 points on the night.
Mercer was led by
The Lady Bucs will now head back down to