Turnovers and inconsistent offense doom Lady Bucs
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2013) – ETSU’s inability to put the ball in the basket, and allowing Florida Gulf Coast to score 28 points off of its 25 turnovers, was too tall of a task for the Lady Bucs to conquer as they fell to Atlantic Sun-leading Florida Gulf Coast, 70-48, on Monday evening inside Alico Arena.
With the loss, ETSU drops to 6-14 overall and 4-9 in Atlantic Sun play, while Florida Gulf Coast improves to 20-5 overall and an unblemished 13-0 in league action.
“One area that really jumped out at me on the stat sheet was 28 points off of our 25 turnovers,” ETSU head coach Karen Kemp said. “Twenty-five turnovers are too tough to overcome, especially with them converting off of our turnovers, so that is an area we will focus on and have been focusing on all year. I am disappointed in our guard play, but I was really proud of Jasmine Kemp (Stone Mountain, Ga.). I thought she came off the bench and gave us really good minutes as well as Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.). It really hurts us that Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) is still not 100 percent so we will need to get her some rest the next couple of days before we play Mercer.”
The Lady Bucs started off the first half strong, accumulating a 5-4 lead in the first four minutes of the period, due in part to FGCU’s cold shooting. ETSU struggled to hold on to the ball early with three turnovers that the Eagles turned into four points before the first media timeout. This Lady Bucs’ lead was short lived as FGCU went on a 13-0 streak over the next five minutes of play, inflating the now Eagles’ advantage to 17-6. The FGCU burst continued throughout the half as ETSU was held without a made field goal from the 17:47 to 6:40 marks, largely because of misses from inside the paint. The Lady Bucs responded late in the period with an 8-5 run over the final four minutes to close the gap to 37-21 at the break. In total, the Eagles ended the half on 33-16 run over nearly 16 minutes and dominated the Blue and Gold with a 19-0 advantage in points off turnovers due ETSU’s 15 first half miscues.
Once the second half began, FGCU did not take their foot off the gas, burying a three-pointer less than a minute into the period. This three-ball was just the beginning of a 14-6 run over the first six minutes of the stanza before the Eagles increased their lead to as many as 28 points off of a 25-13 burst over the opening 10 minutes of the half. It did not help matters that ETSU got into early foul trouble in the period, putting FGCU in the bonus before the midway point of the half. As a result, the Eagles were able to cash in through makes at the free throw line and continued to make ETSU pay off of their propensity to turn the ball over with 13 additional points off turnovers. The Lady Bucs’ inability to score was too much for them to overcome as they dropped a 70-48 decision.
For FGCU, guard Sarah Hansen showed why she is in the top five in the conference in scoring as she poured in 26 points. Betsy Adams also continued her hot streak from deep against the Lady Bucs as she knocked down four triples en route to 14 points, while Jaime Gluesing added 11 points. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) had another strong scoring performance with 14 points to lead ETSU, while sophomore forward Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) contributed 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. In extended playing time, freshman forward Jasmine Kemp (Stone Mountain, Ga.) recorded a game-high 13 rebounds in reserve action.
The Eagles did not shoot it exceptionally well with only 32 percent made from the field and only 37 percent nailed from three-point range, but did bury 76 percent of their free throw attempts. The story of the game was FGCU’s dominance in points off of the Lady Bucs’ mistakes, holding a 28-4 advantage in this category. The Eagles led in only one other category, gaining four fast break points compared to two for the Blue and Gold.
Meanwhile, ETSU posted a second consecutive poor shooting performance, nailing only 32 percent of their attempts from the field and made only three trifectas out of their nine tries from behind the arc. The Lady Bucs also shot a sub-par 58 percent from the charity stripe, but did outrebound their opponent once again, outrebounding FGCU by 20, 53-33. The Blue and Gold also led in points in the paint (24-18), second chance points (11-6) and bench points (23-22).
The Lady Bucs return to Johnson City to take on the Mercer Bears on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center. Click here for tickets.
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