RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 28, 2011) – Not even changes to the Lady Buccaneer lineup could snap their losing streak on Monday night in Richmond.
Despite having senior Gwen Washington (Manassas, Va.) and freshman Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) making their first start of the season, while also returning Tarita Gordon (Wichita, Kan.) to the starting slot, the Lady Bucs’ losing streak was unable to come to an end as Richmond handed the Blue and Gold a 66-39 setback inside the Robins Center.
ETSU (0-6), who is off to its worst start since dating back to 1968-69, was led by sophomore Destiny Mitchell’s (Bluffton, Ga.) near double-double off the bench. Mitchell finished with nine points and a season-high 12 rebounds in 28 minutes, marking her first non-start in her collegiate career (30 games). Meanwhile, ten different Richmond players reached the scoring column as Rachel Bilney and Genevieve Okoro paced the Spiders. Bilney led all players with 15 points, while Okoro added a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Bucs couldn’t find any rhythm on offense in the opening 20 minutes as ETSU missed 22 of its 28 shot attempts and trailed by 16, 35-19.
Foul trouble and turnovers haunted the Blue and Gold early on as Tosha Austin (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Amy Duke (Hendersonville, Tenn.) both picked up two fouls in the opening five minutes of the game, while 15 Lady Buccaneer turnovers resulted in 16 points for the Spiders in the half.
ETSU missed seven of its first eight shot attempts to start the game and trailed 4-2 at the first media timeout at the 15:37 mark. Then, after Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) made the Lady Bucs’ second field goal of the game to make it an 8-5 affair at the 13:50 mark, the Spiders rattled off seven unanswered points to extend their lead to 10, 15-5, with a little over ten minutes remaining in the half. From there, the closest the Blue and Gold would get was six, when two of Mitchell’s nine points made it 15-9, but the Spiders closed the final nine minutes, thirty-eight seconds on a 20-10 run to take the 16 point lead into the locker room.
Along with shooting 21.4 percent from the field, the Lady Bucs were also 0-for-4 from beyond the arc in the first half. Meanwhile, Richmond was 12-of-31 from the field (38.7 percent) and only made two of its five three-point field goal attempts.
Things didn’t get any better for the Lady Bucs in the second half.
Richmond extended its 16-point halftime lead to 23 in the opening five minutes of the stanza after Kristina King posted one of the Spiders’ 18 assists when she found Abby Oliver open for a jumper – making it 46-23 game with 15:04 left to play.
The Spider lead hovered around the 20-point threshold for the remainder of the game, until Richmond pushed it to 27 at the buzzer.
The closest the Lady Bucs got after Richmond pushed it up to 23 was back to 17 (54-37), thanks to back-to-back scores by Duke.
For the game, the Lady Bucs were held to their lowest point total of the year after shooting a season-low 23.0 percent (14-61), while also going 0-for-13 from beyond the mark – snapping their 86 game run with recording at least one trey. Richmond shot 40.3 percent for the contest (25-62), while going 5-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Lady Bucs finished with 24 turnovers and only registered five assists on 14 made field goals. Richmond turned the Lady Buccaneer miscues into 22 points on the offensive end.
The Lady Bucs continue their road swing on Thursday when ETSU opens conference play at Stetson. Tip is set for 11 a.m. inside the Edmunds Center.
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