JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (January 19, 2006) - Sophomore Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) led a stellar ETSU defensive effort on Thursday, tying a school record with nine steals, as the Lady Bucs topped Campbell, 73-63, in Brooks Gym. The conference-leading Lady Bucs improve to 11-4 overall, 7-1 in the Atlantic Sun, while
The Lady Bucs took advantage of 33
Akers' record performance ties former Lady Buc Kiya Verdell, who nabbed nine steals against Appalachian State in 2003.
ETSU also got it going on offense with four players in double figures, led by senior B.J. Banjo (
Costly turnovers put a damper on an otherwise hot shooting night for the Camels, who shot 50.9 from the field. Marlena Murphy led a balanced
Tomika Tomlinson, Letitia Dickson, and Adrienne Rieley also scored in double figures with Tomlinson netting 13, and Dickson and Rieley posting 12 apiece. All 13 of Tomlinson's points came in the second half.
The Lady Camels shot out to an early five-point lead, when a Rieley bucket gave
With the score knotted at 20 with 6:21 to go, ETSU took control, ending the period on a 15-6 run, including a 12-0 surge to go up 32-20 with 3:41 remaining. The Lady Bucs took full advantage of
ETSU, which made only four turnovers in the half, led 35-26 going into the locker room. The Lady Bucs totaled 14 turnovers for the game, their third-best performance of the season.
The Fighting Camels would make a surge near the end of regulation, out-scoring ETSU 11-3 in the game's final two minutes, including a buzzer-beating three by Tomlinson to end the game at 73-63. The final 10-point margin was the closest
The Lady Bucs continue A-Sun action on Saturday, as Gardner-Webb invades Brooks Gym. Game time is set for 2 p.m.