JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2007) - The ETSU women's basketball team outscored longtime in-state rival Chattanooga by 10 points (43-33) in the final 20 minutes, but it was still not enough to carry them past the Lady Mocs as the Lady Buccaneers fell, 70-69, in their home opener Tuesday night at Memorial Center.
The Lady Bucs (1-3) saw four score in double figures as senior guard Kelly Turman (Atlanta) tied her career-high with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and senior Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) netted 17 and grabbed six rebounds. Ironically, it was back on Jan. 29, 2005 when Turman set her career mark in points, which was also against the Lady Mocs. TaRonda Wiles (
"Kelly is a talented scorer and gives our team such a huge spark off the bench," said head ETSU women's basketball coach Karen Kemp. "She has such a soft touch, and I guess there is something about the
Trailing 37-26 at the break, the ETSU women opened up the final 20 minutes on a 14-2 run to gain a one-point lead, 40-39, with 16:31 remaining in the contest. The Lady Bucs received a lift from DeVault and Evans during the run. After going 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half, ETSU drained its first four threes during the stretch, as DeVault and Evans each connected on a pair.
With 1:28 remaining in the contest, Wiles connected on a pair of free throws, giving ETSU a 69-68 lead. However,
"We came out with a lot of intensity in the second half, but missed free throws cost us the game," added Kemp. "I am very proud of how our girls fought back, but there is nothing to be said when you go 7-for-13 at the free throw line in the second half."
For the game, ETSU shot a season-high 45.6 percent from the field (26-57); while
In the first half, the Lady Mocs stormed out to a 7-0 lead, but the Lady Bucs quickly answered with a 10-2 run to take their first lead at the 13:32 mark. During the next four minutes the lead would change hands five times, until
Turman led all scorers at the break with nine, while DeVault scored eight of her season-high 17 points during the first 20 minutes. Three-point shooting played a key factor in the first frame with
The Lady Buccaneers will look to snap their two-game losing streak Saturday, when they host