Bucs assist on 21 of 27 made field goals and dominate in the paint with 36 points
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Paced by a career-high 18 points from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.), the ETSU women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday evening by defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 75-67, inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center.
With the win ETSU improves to 3-6 overall, while Indiana State drops to 3-5 on the season.
In the second all-time meeting between two teams, the unfamiliar foes played closely throughout the first half. With the Bucs dominating on the boards during the first period, the Sycamores countered by continuing to force ETSU into numerous turnovers. These miscues kept the game neck and neck most of the way with three ties and 11 lead changes. In the final minutes of the opening period, the Blue and Gold began to hunker down and distance itself from ISU going into the half. A pair of free throws from Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) with less than half a minute to play gave ETSU a 36-31 advantage at the break.
A well-executed offensive possession to begin the second half pushed ETSU’s advantage to seven points, but the Sycamores refused to go away quietly. Indiana State continued to pressures the Bucs into turnovers and finally began to knock down some shots after shooting a putrid 26 percent in the opening half. An ISU lay-in with 15 minutes left shrunk ETSU’s lead to three points but the Blue and Gold responded with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes to take its largest lead of the game, 54-42, with 12:10 remaining. The Sycamores answered with a burst of their own and closed the gap to 60-57 with 4:59 left. Down the stretch, the Bucs began to take better care of the ball and aided by a timely three-pointer and makes from the free-throw line, ETSU was able to hold off an Indiana State comeback and notch a 75-67 victory.
Each of the five starters for ETSU reached double-figure scoring, led by a career-high 18 points from Bond to go along with five rebounds. Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) came within one rebound of her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds, while McQueen stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points and career-highs of eight rebounds and seven assists. Meanwhile, Indiana State got a game-high 21 points from Anna Munn and another double-digit scorer in Racheal Mahan with 11.
After struggling to knock down field goals in its last three games, the Bucs shot a stellar 49 percent from the field and were efficient from the free throw line, knocking down 83 percent of their attempts (15-of-18). Great ball movement from ETSU resulted in a season-high 21 assists on 27 made field goals and the Bucs dominated ISU in the paint, 36-18. The Blue and Gold also outrebounded its fourth opponent of the season, 43-32, including 11 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points.
The Sycamores were able to improve their shooting in the second half, knocking down 41 percent of their attempts from the field. After turning the Bucs over 23 times, Indiana State cashed-in with 16 points off these miscues. ISU also buried 76 percent (16-of-21) of its free throws and got key contributions from its reserves with 15 bench points.
The Bucs will continue their five-game home slate when they welcome the Chattanooga Mocs to the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1:30 p.m.
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