Lady Bucs ride big first half advantage to 74-53 win over Jacksonville
Lady Bucs ride big first half advantage to 74-53 win over Jacksonville
Thursday, February 9, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (February 9, 2006) - The Lady Bucs shot out to a 17-point advantage in the first half and didn't look back, downing Jacksonville (6-14, 3-10 A-Sun) in a 74-53 decision, Thursday night in Memorial Center.  Senior B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) led a quartet of Lady Bucs (13-7, 9-4 A-Sun) in double figures with a game-high 21 points.  Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.) also had a big night, tallying her fifth double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Bucs rolled out to a double-digit lead by the 9:00 mark of the first period, when a Gibson layup put ETSU on top, 24-14.  ETSU reached its largest lead of the half with just three seconds remaining, when Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) nailed a pair of free throws to put the Lady Bucs up 40-23.


Norman had a good night all around, netting 13 points, to go along with five rebounds.  Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) was the fourth Lady Buc in double figures, scoring 12 points, and adding five rebounds.


The second half began much like the first ended with Banjo nailing a three to put her squad up 20, at 43-23, with 18:28 to go in the half.  The Lady Bucs continued to pull away, extending the lead to 27 with just over 12 minutes to play, thanks to a layup by DeVault. 


The Dolphins would make a run of their own, however, cutting the lead to 16 behind a DeVina Hamilton layup with 2:32 to go.  The Lady Bucs bounced back quickly, taking the advantage to 23 on a three pointer from Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) to make the score 72-49.


Ashley Williams led Jacksonville with 15 points, followed by Kelly Ford with nine.  Williams also paced the Dolphins on the boards with seven on the night, while Ford added six.  ETSU dominated the glass, grabbing 47 rebounds on the game, while Jacksonville tallied 30.  Behind Gibson's 11, Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville, Tenn.) and Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) added six boards apiece for ETSU. 


The Dolphins were only able to manage a 32.8 percent performance from the field on the night, while the Lady Bucs posted a 45.0 percent effort.  The Lady Bucs were also hot from the charity stripe, yielding 86.7 percent on 13-for-15 shooting.


The Lady Bucs continue their homestand on Saturday, February 11, when North Florida comes to town.  Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m., in Memorial Center.