Lady Bucs storm past King, 96-59
Saturday, November 7, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2009) - A 38-4 Lady Buccaneer run midway throughout the first half was all ETSU needed to hold off King College on Saturday afternoon, as the Blue and Gold stormed past the Tornado 96-59 in their final exhibition game inside Memorial Center.


For the second straight game senior TaRonda Wiles (Danville, Va.) led all scorers after posting back-to-back 19-point games. The Danville, Va. native also finished with eight rebounds and shot 9-for-12 from the floor in 24 minutes of work. Overall, 11 of the 13 ETSU players reached the scoring column, with six posting double figures.


"I was really disappointed with the way our starters came out and played without any energy," commented head ETSU women's basketball coach Karen Kemp. "Our bench did a great job getting us back into the game early on and finding some rhythm. Overall, we still have a lot to work on defensively before our season-opener with Chattanooga - especially with the post play."


The Lady Bucs jumped out to a 4-0 start thanks to the combination of seniors Siarre Evans and Wiles taking over early on. Evans found Wiles open for two easy buckets 53 seconds into the game; however, the Lady Bucs went cold for the next four minutes and King grabbed a 13-4 lead with 15:30 remaining before the break.


From there coach Kemp made a statement as she pulled her starters, and replaced them with fresh players who were focused and ready to play. The move paid off as the Lady Bucs regained the lead when Tarita Gordon (Wichita, Kan.) laid one in at the 9:44 mark - putting ETSU ahead 16-15. ETSU kept cruising and eventually built a 25-point lead (42-17) thanks to mounting an astonishing 38-4 run over the next 13 minutes and 27 seconds. Gordon's lay in at the 2:03 mark capped off the blitzkrieg, and the Lady Bucs went into the locker room with a 21-point advantage, 46-25.


ETSU shot 55.9 percent (19-34) in the opening 20 minutes, with the Lady Bucs' bench doing most of the scoring - posting a 28-0 advantage. Meanwhile, King shot 36 percent (9-25) from the floor in the first half and committed 14 turnovers - resulting in 16 points on the offensive end for ETSU.


In the second half, ETSU added to its lead six minutes into the stanza by expanding the margin to 30, 65-35, after Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) found Wiles open for the Lady Bucs' fifth three-pointer of the game.


The Lady Buccaneer lead never dipped below the 28-point plateau for the remainder of the contest, and Gordon topped off the scoring with 27 seconds left in the game - giving ETSU a 37-point victory.


ETSU drained 37 field goals in 40 minutes of action - resulting in a 56.1 shooting percentage. Over 50 percent of the Lady Buccaneer scoring came from the bench, as ETSU outscored the Tornado - 50 to 9. The Lady Bucs out-rebounded the visitors from Bristol, Va. by nine - 35 to 26 - and the ETSU defense forced King into 24 turnovers for the contest.


Joining Wiles in double figures were Gwen Washington (Manassas, Va.), Natalie Pickwell (Johnson City), Santana Morrison (Statesville, N.C.), Evans and Gordon. Washington and Evans both netted 11 points apiece; while Pickwell, Gordon and Morrison came off the bench and combined for 36 points. Gordon paced the reserves with 14 points, Pickwell sank three treys to finish with 12, and Morrison capped off the scoring at 10 points.


King was led by the strong play of Allison Bosse and Ashley Deans. Deans scored a team high 18 points and Bosse finished with 16.


The Lady Bucs begin preparations for their season-opener when ETSU host longtime in-state and former SoCon rival Chattanooga on Friday night. Tip time for the "Pack the House" game is set for 7 p.m. inside Memorial Center.


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