LYNCHBURG, Va. (Jan. 13, 2009) - Liberty closed out the final five minutes of the first half on a 15-0 run and the Lady Buccaneers were never able to recover, as the Lady Flames handed ETSU its first loss in 2009, 64-54, Tuesday night inside the Vines Center.
The loss snapped the Lady Bucs' four-game winning streak and ETSU dropped to 7-7 at the midpoint of its season.
Juniors TaRonda Wiles (
In the first half ETSU jumped out of the gates in a hurry, using a 9-2 run to establish early momentum five and a half minutes into the contest. After missing all 13 three-point attempts on Saturday at Stetson and its first of the night here in
However, after a Belcher lay-up with 14:32 to play in the half, the Lady Bucs were held scoreless for the next 5:09 and
From there, the Lady Flames would go up by as many as four, 16-12, but a 12-4 Lady Buccaneer run gave ETSU another burst, 24-20, as Wiles remained red-hot - scoring five points during the stretch. Unfortunately Wiles' 3-pointer at the 5:01 mark were the last points ETSU would score, and Liberty closed out the rest of the half on fire - posting a 15-0 run to take a 35-24 lead into the locker room.
Once again poor shooting crushed the Lady Bucs in the opening 20 minutes as they went 10-for-31 (32.3 percent), compared to
The Lady Bucs were living by the 3-point shot to start the first eight minutes of the second half, as three of their five made field goals came via the trey; however, the deep bombs did little damage to the
Heading out of the under 12 media timeout, ETSU was able to lower its deficit to 46-41 after Tara Davis (
The run took the wind out of the Lady Buccaneer sails, as ETSU never got back to within single digits.
The Lady Bucs again struggled with their shooting. ETSU finished the game with a 33.3 shooting percentage (21-63), while
ETSU's tough schedule continues as they return home for a season-long four-game homestand, beginning Thursday night when instate rival
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