Nearly seven scoreless minutes in the first half proves costly
DeLAND, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2013) – The Lady Bucs clawed back but a 25-5 run by the Stetson Hatters to end the first half, which included an eight minute streak without a made field goal, proved to be too much for ETSU to overcome as it dropped a 74-65 decision to SU on Saturday afternoon inside the Edmunds Center.
With the loss, ETSU drops to 6-13 overall and 4-8 in Atlantic Sun play, while Stetson improves to 17-6 overall and 10-2 in league action.
“In the first half, we did not come out and play well, especially to end the half, ETSU head coach Karen Kemp said. “I thought we came out in the second half and Tiana [Burley] (Camilla, Ga.) played strong and we need her to play strong every game. If we can play with that same kind of intensity, we can climb our way to the top half of the conference.”
Through the first 10 minutes of the half, the Lady Bucs fared well, answering the Hatters by attacking the basket and draining a few from long range. A Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) free throw with a little over ten minutes remaining in the period tied the contest at 19 all. Stetson fired back with a 20-0 run from 10 minutes to three minutes left in the stanza and ended the half on a 25-5 run to push the SU advantage to 44-24 at the break. During this run, the Blue and Gold were held without a made field goal for eight minutes and paid for their 10 first half turnovers with 12 Hatters’ points off these miscues. ETSU’s inability to get back on defense also proved costly as Stetson raced to 13 fast break points.
The Lady Bucs started the second half strong, going on a 7-0 run in the first two minutes of the period and a 9-3 streak before the first media timeout of the period at the 15:26 mark. ETSU used another run from the 11:27 to 7:29 marks to reduce its deficit to 10, 59-49. In the meat of the second half, 10 points was the closest ETSU would get after SU continued to answer any showings by the Lady Bucs to continue to close the gap. Late baskets by the Blue and Gold proved to be too little, too late as Stetson held on to defeat ETSU, 74-65.
Stetson got a game-high 20 points from forward Sasha Sims and featured three additional double-figure scorers in guards Shanasa Sanders and Victoria McGowan, as well as forward Cherisse Burris, with each totaling 17, 14 and 15 points, respectively. Meanwhile, ETSU received another strong performance from forward Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) who notched her third double-double in the past four games with game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Bucs had only one extra double-digit scorer with 10 points from Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.)
The Hatters shot 40 percent from the field, but only 17 percent from three-point range. SU supplemented for their struggle from three by getting to the free throw line 26 times and converting on 21 of these attempts. Stetson dominated ETSU with 22 points off of the Lady Bucs’ 17 turnovers and also saw its bench outscore the Blue and Gold’s reserves, 18-10. The Hatters also edged the Lady Bucs in points in the paint, 36-32.
Meanwhile, ETSU shot just under 40 percent at 38 percent and also heaved an improved 39 percent from behind the arc. The Lady Bucs only got to the charity stripe 11 times and made eight of these tries. The Blue and Gold continued its dominance on the boards against its opponents, outrebounding the Hatters, 44-38. Off of 18 offensive rebounds, ETSU secured 20 second chance points.[
The Lady Bucs conclude the Sunshine State road trip when they travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:05 p.m. ET inside Alico Arena.
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