ETSU takes lead with four minutes remaining, but quickly goes cold
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2013) – After not being able to find the bottom of the net from the field, and most notably from behind the arc, in the first half, the Lady Bucs used a combination of attacking the basket and finally hitting from three in the second half to take a lead with four minutes remaining. Unfortunately, what was a blessing early in the second period, quickly turned into a curse as ETSU went cold from three as the North Florida Ospreys put together a run to seal the game, 62-56, on Saturday afternoon inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center.
With the loss, ETSU drops to 4-11 overall and 2-6 in Atlantic Sun play, while North Florida improves to 9-10 overall and 5-3 in league action.
“It was a frustrating and disappointing outcome to the game,” head coach Karen Kemp said. “I feel like we played hard for 30 minutes of the game, but went flat for 10, and went into halftime down 11 points. We could have easily hung our heads, but this group fought. We missed some easy buckets, we got to make layups and we got to make chippies, but we will be OK. This team is a group of fighters and they proved that this afternoon.”
The Lady Bucs got out to an early lead in the first few minutes of the half making their only three pointer of the period. UNF answered and took a lead at the 17:15 mark, a lead that they would keep for the remainder of the stanza. After early success with getting points in the paint, ETSU quickly began to settle for outside shots, shooting a poor 21 percent from the field and an even worse eight percent from behind the arc. As the Blue and Gold kept missing from three, the Ospreys went on an 11-2 run from 7:50 to 1:23 remaining in the half and went into the break leading 29-18.
When the second half rolled around, early on the Lady Bucs focused more on attacking the basket and getting points in the paint. This change in philosophy from the prior period continually narrowed the gap between the two teams. ETSU used a 10-0 run from the 17 to 14 minute marks to tie the game at 34-34. The Ospreys countered, as they often did when the game became tied or ETSU took the lead in the second half, with a quick bucket to calm the storm. The hot three-point shooting that got the Lady Bucs back in the game in the second half quickly turned against them late in the period as they settled for contested triples. The Blue and Gold took the lead, 51-50, with their final made trifecta of the day with 4:20 remaining, but from this point forward were cold from the field. UNF used a nine to five run over the final 2:30 to seal the game, 62-56, in their favor.
UNF got a game-high 23 points from guard Ki Conner, while forward Raneisha Lamar pitched in a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, ETSU junior guard Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) notched her third straight double-double as she posted 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, 12 of which on the offensive end. The Lady Bucs also got game-highs in points from Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Serena Clark (Tucker Ga.) who each tallied 14 points in the losing effort.
Shooting 40 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range, the Ospreys also cashed in from the charity stripe, knocking down 76 percent (16-of-21) of their attempts. UNF’s bench dominated their counterparts with a 28-11 advantage and narrowly outrebounded the Lady Bucs, 44-43, in a statistically impressive performance.
Meanwhile, ETSU shot a disappointing 30 percent from the field and a poor 24 percent from behind the arc after firing up 29 attempts. The Lady Bucs also once again struggled from the free-throw line, making only 54 percent (7-of-13) of their attempts. The Blue and Gold were outrebounded overall but pulled down 23 offensive rebounds which resulted in 27 second chance points. They also capitalized with 22 points off of the Ospreys’ 22 miscues and dominated in points in the paint, 26-14.
The Lady Bucs continue the homestand when they host Jacksonville on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center. Click here for tickets.
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