The Bucs offense started the game on fire taking the quick 10-2 advantage just under the 16 minute mark. Increasing the lead to 17-5 with 13 minutes remaining in the first, the Appalachian State offense outscored the Bucs 13-5 over the next five minutes to near the ETSU lead at just 21-18. Two made free-throws by Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) and a made three-point basket by Banjo gave ETSU the 36-29 cushion with two minutes remaining in the half. Two made free throws by Mayes ended the first half with the Lady Bucs taking the 40-34 lead into the halftime intermission.
For the first, Mayes led ETSU with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Conyers tallied 16 points in the first half for the Mountaineers. The Bucs held their largest lead (13) at the 11 minute mark, while they held the lead the entire first half of play.
The second half began much as the first for the Bucs offense, taking the 61-52 lead into the under eight minute media timeout. A solid effort from the charity stripe for the Bucs down the stretch and 43 percent shooting from the floor gave ETSU the advantage for the game and the eventual 74-69 victory.
"I am very proud of the way our girls closed the game today," Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp said. "B.J. and Tiffani both played well and our younger players really stepped up their intensity knowing how much we needed this win today."
ETSU committed just 19 turnovers compared to the 20 of the Mountaineers while the Bucs held the 39-34 rebound advantage. Each team took 55 shots from the floor, while both the Bucs and Mountaineers each hit six shots from beyond the arc.
ETSU is back in action Feb. 16 when they travel to face