JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2010) - Since receiving a wake-up call earlier this month at USC Upstate, the ETSU women's basketball team has been on a mission and Wednesday night's target were the Lady Camels of Campbell.
Four Lady Buccaneers scored in double figures and ETSU recorded 43 points of turnovers, as the Blue and Gold notched its seventh straight victory with an 88-65 win over
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With the win, ETSU improved to 6-0 at home and 11-7, 9-1 in Atlantic Sun play. Campbell, meanwhile, saw its three-game winning streak come to halt as the Lady Camels dropped to 11-8, 6-4.
"I was hoping we would be on a mission before that Upstate game, but that was pretty much a wake-up call for us," said head coach Karen Kemp, who saw her Lady Bucs improve to 9-0 lifetime against
The Lady Bucs raced out to a hot start to begin the first half, as ETSU connected on its first four shot attempts and led 9-2, forcing
Fortunately, the Lady Bucs slowed down
Both teams shot lights out in the opening 20 minutes, as ETSU finished 19-of-35 (54.3 percent) and
"It definitely helps when you can come out and knock down the first few shots," added Kemp. "We were really ready for this team, because we knew they were going to come out and be ready for us. We felt like we had to come out and make a statement early on."
The Lady Bucs made a statement early on with their blistering shooting, and the same went for the start of the second half. ETSU scored the first six points in the second stanza and quickly pushed its lead up to 20, 53-33, after
For the game, ETSU shot over 50-percent for the second time this season - posting a 52.2 shooting percentage (35-67). The Lady Buccaneer defense also played a significant role, as they forced a season-high 30 turnovers and recorded a season-best 16 steals. Evans paced the Lady Bucs with five thefts, while
In total, the Lady Bucs used their bench wisely, with no one playing more than 25 minutes. All 12 ETSU players saw action, with 10 playing ten-plus minutes.
"This is a big week for us," added Kemp. "We played today, and then we turn around and play Saturday and Monday. It was great to not only get Siarre some rest, but the starters in general."
Campbell, who shot 47.3 percent from the field (26-55) was led by Tonisha Baker's 16 points.
ETSU continues its big week with a showdown against Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m.
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