ETSU handed worst loss in nearly a year, held to under 30 percent shooting
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2012) – The old adage, “You can’t win a game in the first half, but you certainly can lose one,” was evident on Saturday night at McKenzie Arena, as the ETSU women’s basketball team trailed by 22 at the break to drop its second straight game, 81-48, to Chattanooga.
Chattanooga (3-0) scored 21 of the game’s first 27 points, jumping way out in front of ETSU (0-2) by 15 at the 11:29 mark of the first half. From there on the Lady Mocs never looked back, extending their first-half lead to as much as 24 before a layup by Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) with 22 seconds to go in the half cut the margin to 22 – ETSU’s worst first-half deficit since Feb. 4, 2010 when it trailed FGCU by 27 at the break.
UTC saw its largest lead come with 6:09 to play in the game, as Alex Black hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 35. When it was all said and done, ETSU was handed its worst loss in nearly a year. The last time the Lady Bucs lost by 33 was last Nov. 19, falling to Manhattan College, 86-53, in the Preseason WNIT.
Meghan Downes led the way for Chattanooga, scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Half of Downes’ makes came from beyond the arc, where she finished at an 80-percent clip (4-5). As a team, UTC outshot ETSU 46.6 percent (27-58) to 29.9 percent (20-67), forcing the Lady Bucs into 20 turnovers, and lit up the net from three-point range going 11-for-22, compared to ETSU’s 1-for-13 showing.
For ETSU, Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) scored a team-high 15 points (6-14 FG) and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Bond also had seven boards to go along with seven points. Brianna Bogard’s (Georgetown, Texas) only three points on the night was ETSU’s lone make from long distance, compared to 11 buckets from beyond the arc for the home side.
Freshman forward Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) put in the game’s first basket at the 19:37 mark, but from that point on it was all Chattanooga. The Lady Mocs went on a 24-6 run over the next eight minutes and change, capped off with a three-point make by Downes to open up the gap, 24-8, with only nine minutes gone by. ETSU turned the ball over five times in those nine minutes, and shot just 2-for-10 from the field.
The Lady Bucs stopped the bleeding with a basket from Mitchell, but could not keep pace with UTC or Downes and found itself down and out at halftime, 42-20. ETSU went just 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) from the floor, while the Lady Mocs buried 16 of their 33 first-half field goal attempts (48.5 percent), including a 6-of-12 battering from downtown.
A sloppy start to the second half followed which saw ETSU come out shooting just 1-for-8 from the field. With 12:30 to play, the Lady Mocs extended the lead to 30, 57-27, with two free throws by Tatianna Jackson. The game’s largest lead of 35 came following Black’s three with six minutes to play, and was pushed back up to that mark a second time when Taylor Hall put in a jumper with 3:26 remaining. Hall finished with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting, and five rebounds.
Clark made a steal with 10 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over four seconds later to put into a nutshell what was a difficult outing for the Lady Bucs.
ETSU will have 13 days to think about this one before opening the home season Friday, Nov. 30, against Memphis at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
- ETSU was handed its largest loss in nearly a year, losing by 33 to Manhattan College Nov. 19 of last season, 86-53, in the Preseason WNIT.
- The Lady Bucs’ 22-point halftime deficit was its largest since Feb. 4, 2010, when it trailed FGCU by 27 at the break, 54-27, and lost the game, 92-55.
- ETSU was held to under 30-pecent from the floor. Last season, the Lady Bucs shot less than 30 percent just four times.
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