(Jan. 6, 2005) - Lady Bucs senior forward Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) posted a career-high, and Southern Conference season-high, 32 points adding five rebounds in a 74-66 ETSU victory over the Davidson Wildcats from Memorial Center tonight. With the win, the Bucs improve to 5-8, 3-3 in Southern Conference action for the year, while Davidson falls to 7-6, 4-2 in SoCon play. Pacing the Wildcats was guard Katie Hamilton with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, while forward Danielle Hemerka managed a career-best 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
The story of the night was the dominant shooting effort from Mayes which included a 25 point effort through the first half of play. ETSU began the first half on a tear, taking an early 16-9 lead that would eventually extend to a 30-13 advantage after two made free-throws from Mayes. Although the Bucs offense was on fire, the defense began to struggle in the final minutes of the first half as the Wildcats made a 13-8 run in the final five minutes of the half to near the ETSU advantage to just five points heading into the halftime intermission.
The Davidson offense began the second half much as they finished the first, opening the final 20 minutes of play with a 7-2 run. After the under 16 minute media timeout, the Lady Bucs began to retake control of the game, after back-to-back three point baskets from point guard B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) and Brooke Wilhoit (
"I was very proud of the way our team never quit tonight," Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp said. "It would have been very easy for our team to allow Davidson's momentum to continue, however our perimeter shooting and defense were key in our win tonight."
Mayes led all scorers with her 32 points, while forward Candace Gibson (Warner Robbins,
The Bucs will continue SoCon action when they host