For the second straight year the game came down to the wire, but again ETSU could not overcome free throw shooting by Shanara Hollinquest. Last season the post player nailed the game-winning freebies with 4.3 ticks left inside
To go along with Wiles' career night, juniors Siarre Evans (
The Lady Bucs have now lost 23 of the last 30 games played in
Both teams showcased an offensive clinic in the opening five minutes as they combined to go 11-for-17, and ETSU led, 13-12, heading into the first media timeout. The Lady Bucs gained a little breathing room over the next three minutes, using a 10-3 run to gain a 23-15 advantage, but six unanswered by UTC cut the margin to two, 23-21, with 8:08 left in the half. Wiles' second trey of the half halted the brief run and gave ETSU another spark, as the Lady Bucs rattled off nine consecutive points to extend their lead to 32-21 with less than five minutes remaining before the break. ETSU did not let up as they grabbed a pair of 13-point leads thanks to Kami Phillips' (
After struggling from the field on Saturday, the Lady Buccaneers made up for it by shooting 42.5 percent (17-40) in the first half. ETSU was led by Wiles' hot hand as she led all scorers with 12, and she knocked down two of the Lady Bucs' five treys. Pressure defense gave the Lady Mocs fits in the opening stanza by coughing the ball up 11 times - leading to 14 points on the offensive end for ETSU.
ETSU used the opening minute of the second to half to good use by pushing its lead to 15, but then a 16-2 UTC run saw it diminish to 52-51, until a lay in by freshman Gwen Washington (
From there, Wiles came out of the under eight media timeout and drained a jumper from the corner, but three straight three-point baskets and another Hollinquest layup gave UTC all the momentum they needed as they took a 69-61 advantage with 5:49 on the clock.
The Lady Bucs stayed with the Lady Mocs cutting the lead to one, 70-69, but a missed jumper by Devin Thompson (
Then, after a pair of free throws by Tenisha Townsend, Evans drove the lane and cut it to three, 74-71, but back-to-back missed turnover calls by the officials, led to Hollinquest being fouled with 14 ticks remaining. Again she came back to haunt the Lady Buccaneer faithful by nailing both and ending the contest.
For the game ETSU shot 39.7 percent (31-78), compared to
Things do not get any easier for the Lady Bucs as they head home to take on 12th-ranked Vanderbilt Friday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside Memorial Center. Come out and support the ETSU women's team as they "Pack the House" and look to break last season's all-time attendance record of 1,236.