Friday, December 12, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2008) - If there was ever a time for a much-needed win for the ETSU women's basketball team it came on Friday night.
For the third time in the last four years head coach Karen Kemp and the Lady Buccaneers upset an SEC foe on the road, as ETSU walked into Memorial Coliseum and stunned
Four Lady Buccaneer players scored in double figures as junior TaRonda Wiles (
This marks ETSU's first road win of the season and the Lady Buccaneers moved their record to 2-5. Ironically, last year the Lady Bucs knocked off another SEC contender (
"This win was really big for us tonight," commented Kemp, who coached the Lady Bucs to their first win over
In the first half, Evans and Wiles gave ETSU a lift early on, as they combined to score the Lady Bucs' first nine points and the visitors held a one-point advantage six and half minutes into the contest.
Over the next seven-plus minutes, the Lady Bucs used the 3-point shot to extend their lead to seven, 23-16, after Tara Davis (
Eventually, from the 11:02 mark to 2:38 remaining in the half, ETSU used a 20-9 run to push its lead to 12, 31-19, after Kami Phillips (
The Lady Bucs shot 42.9 percent (15-35) in the first 20 minutes, while
ETSU wasted little time extending its lead back into double figures to start the second half.
Latisha Belcher (
However, with ETSU up 49-38 at the 10 minute mark and Belcher on the bench with four fouls,
From there the game became a battle.
Over the next two minutes both teams traded buckets, but with the Lady Bucs leading 51-49, ETSU stepped up its game.
Following an offensive rebound by Evans and a timeout by Kemp,
The Wildcats never had an answer for the two daggers and four free throws down the stretch iced the game for ETSU.
"I am really pleased with how we kept our composure down the stretch," added Kemp. "It would have been really easy for us to give up on the road at
Washington - who made her first collegiate start - finished with a stellar game. The
For the game ETSU shot 35.8 percent (24-67), but more importantly the Lady Bucs finally showcased some 3-point shooting. After going 2-for-27 in its last two games, ETSU finished 6-of-11 (54.5 percent).
ETSU returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 18, when the Lady Bucs take on conference rival
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