ETSU women drop OT thriller at Jacksonville, 90-81
ETSU women drop OT thriller at Jacksonville, 90-81
Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dolphins use overtime surge to pull away from Lady Bucs 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2013) – A last second, desperation heave from three-point range pushed the game into overtime for the Lady Bucs, but the Blue and Gold couldn’t respond to an offensive flurry in the extra period by Jacksonville as ETSU dropped a 90-81 decision to JU on Saturday afternoon inside Veterans Memorial Arena.

With the loss, ETSU drops to 7-16 overall and 5-11 in Atlantic Sun play, while Jacksonville improves to 9-17 overall and 5-10 in league action.

“The momentum shifted our way at the end of regulation, but Jacksonville was red-hot in overtime,” ETSU head coach Karen Kemp said. “We didn’t make some of our easy shots when we had some looks around the basket. It was really about how we started the game though, with turnover after turnover and you can’t score if you turn the ball over. We have to do a better job defending people and I have always said Jacksonville is a lot like us, pretty athletic and they look to attack. We have no choice but to look ahead and put this one behind us. We have to regroup and get ready for North Florida on Monday.”

Through the early going, the Lady Bucs struggled to hold onto the ball with four turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the first half. When it did secure the ball, ETSU was having a field day in the paint, as well as dominating on the glass, to build its advantage up to 11-4 before the first media timeout at the 15:30 mark. Jacksonville responded with an 8-1 run to take its first lead of the game at the 10:40 mark, 13-12. Miscues continued to plague the Blue and Gold who had already committed 14 turnovers which led to 11 Dolphins’ points with 7:38 remaining in the first period. Once JU took its largest lead of seven points, 25-18, with 4:59 left, ETSU fought back and went on a 17-8 run, including a made three-pointer by Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) at the buzzer to take a 35-33 Lady Bucs’ advantage into the break.

ETSU was able to keep Jacksonville at bay to begin the second half by answering its showings early. The Dolphins were able to tie the game though, 45-45, with 13:56 remaining and eventually took a 47-45 advantage on a pair of made free-throws with 13:12 left. The bulk of the games’ nine ties and 11 lead changes occurred over the next seven minutes with each team answering the other. Jacksonville held onto a three-point lead before it turned the ball over on the inbounds which gave ETSU the possession with 7.2 seconds remaining. With the clock winding down, Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) drained a desperation three-pointer to tie the game with a second left to push the game into overtime. It appeared as though the Lady Bucs entered the extra period with the momentum, but the Dolphins quickly squashed any ETSU momentum by scoring the first nine points of the session in the opening two minutes. This flurry continued for the duration of overtime as JU outscored the Blue and Gold 20-11 en route to a 90-81 Lady Bucs defeat.

JU was paced by a game-high 25 points from Tracie Sneed, who also drained 13-of-18 free throws. Sneed was joined in double-figures by Queen Alford, who added 17 points, as well as eight rebounds and four steals. Meanwhile, the Lady Bucs were led by a career-high 17 points, along with eight rebounds, from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.), as well as 17 points from Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.). ETSU also had two additional double-digit scorers in Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.), who posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, as well as 13 points by Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.)

The Dolphins shot a season-high for an ETSU opponent 47 free throws, making 38 of these tries. The opportunity to cash in from the charity stripe greatly aided JU as they shot a sub-par 36 percent from the field and from behind the arc. Jacksonville was also able to capitalize on ETSU’s 24 turnovers with 24 points off these miscues. The Dolphins also got out on the break a bit, streaking to eight fast break points compared to four for the Lady Bucs.

Meanwhile, ETSU got to the free throw line only 12 times and made eight of its attempts. The Lady Bucs shot an improved 40 percent from the floor, but again struggled from downtown, making only 33 percent of its tries. Sticking to where it has dominated over the course of the season, ETSU overwhelmed JU with a season-high 54 points in the paint and turned 26 offensive rebounds into 22 second chance points. With the 55-49 overall advantage on the boards, the Lady Bucs outrebounded its opponent for the 18th time this season and exceeded 50 rebounds for the second time in their last four games.

The Lady Bucs end the road swing with their final regular season road contest of the year when they take on the North Florida Ospreys on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. inside UNF Arena.

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