Earn 12th straight victory against the Lady Bisons
NASHVILLE (Jan. 5, 2013) – Searching for their first win in over a month, the Lady Bucs got back on the right path with a 80-74 win against Lipscomb Saturday evening inside Allen Arena. The win against the Lady Bisons makes it 12 straight victories versus Lipscomb since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005.
With the win, ETSU improves to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in A-Sun play, while Lipscomb drops to 1-12 overall and 0-3 in league action.
“It is always big to go on the road and get a conference win; our first conference win of the season,” head coach Karen Kemp said. “I was really proud of the way we started the game but we then went into a little lull and Lipscomb went ahead. We kind of hung our head but we continued to fight really hard and that’s how we got the victory tonight. I have to talk a little bit about our freshman point guard, Brianna McQueen. She came out in the second half with a lot of fire and determination and made some big shots for us. For a freshman to step up to the line and knock down big free throws like she did, if she continues playing like that that would be great and once we get Destiny Mitchell back on track, this team can do some really good things.”
In an Atlantic Sun conference battle, the first half was a back and forth affair with each team trading baskets, including eight ties and seven lead changes. ETSU was not able to take advantage of Lipscomb’s eight turnovers, scoring only two points off of the Lady Bison’s miscues. The Lady Bucs shooting continued to struggle, knocking down only 37.5 percent (15-of-40) of their attempts compared to 51.5 percent (17-of-33) for the Lady Bisons. The cold shooting resulted in a 45-41 Lipscomb advantage at the half.
ETSU came out of halftime strong with freshman guard Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) scoring six straight points to give the Lady Bucs a 47-45 advantage minutes into the half. The second half played out much like the first with each team trading baskets, consisting of three ties and six lead changes. ETSU was able to gain a 76-74 lead on an and-one by McQueen with 1:46 remaining and did not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way, beating the Lady Bisons, 80-74.
The Lady Bucs got huge contributions from McQueen who posted a season and game-high 23 points, while Serena Clark added a double-double of 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Shawn Randall also added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Meanwhile, Lipscomb was led by 15 points from Alex Banks and 14 points apiece from Hannah Phillips and Presley Stastny.
Shooting 36.4 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from the three-point line, ETSU also shot a solid 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free-throw line and held advantages in second chance points (10-2), bench points (20-17) and rebounds (80-74).
Meanwhile, Lipscomb was 47.4 percent from the field and 41.2 percent behind the arc and also shot 61.9 percent (13-21) from the charity stripe. The Lady Bisons did hold an advantage in points off turnovers (11-9), but turned the ball over themselves 15 times compared to ETSU’s seven.
The Lady Bucs will return to action on Monday, Jan. 7, when they end their road trip with a trip to Highland Heights, Ky. to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse at 5 p.m.
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