Radford sinks Lady Bucs, 73-67

Thursday, December 20, 2007

RADFORD, Va. (Dec. 20, 2007) - A 21-point, 10 rebound performance by sophomore guard Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga) was not enough to lift the Lady Bucs past Radford, as the Highlanders downed ETSU 73-67 inside the Dedmon Center on Thursday night.


Despite the loss Evans continues to turn out double-doubles. Her effort tonight resulted in her fifth of the season and her ninth-straight game to score in double digits. Senior Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) was the only other Lady Buc to reach double figures netting 12 points for ETSU, while sophomore Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) contributed eight points on the night.  Radford had four players score in double figures, with Kelli Darden leading the way with 20 points.


In the first half, both teams played evenly through the first media timeout as the game was tied at nine with 15:50 on the clock. From there the Lady Bucs went on a 10-2 run to break the game open with a 19-11 lead at the 11:54 mark. However, the Highlanders would capitalize on 11 turnovers by the Lady Bucs to have a one-point advantage heading into the locker room.  


ETSU hit 12-of-30 (40 percent) in the first half and was perfect from the charity stripe going 6-6. On the other side, Radford hit 34.4 percent from the field (11-32) and hit 81.8 perfect from the free-throw line going 9-of-11.


The score remained tight in the second half as ETSU and Radford were tied three times in the opening minutes of the period. However, Radford put together a 9-4 run to go up by seven, 49-42, with 10:45 to play. The Lady Bucs continued to battle back as they were able to tie the game for the seventh time, 61-61 with 2:10 remaining. In the end Radford went a perfect 10-10 from the charity strip to take the victory.  


For the game, the Lady Bucs shot 34.8 percent from the field (23-66); while the Highlanders hit 23-59 shots (39 percent). Radford also out-rebounded the Lady Bucs 46-41.   


The Lady Bucs will head to the nation's capital to take on Georgetown on Dec. 22. Tip is set for 1 p.m. inside McDonough Arena. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on Lady Buccaneer basketball and all other ETSU athletic news.

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