Bucs suffer 76-69 setback Monday at Indiana State
Sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges scored a career-high 23 points.
Bucs suffer 76-69 setback Monday at Indiana State
Monday, November 24, 2014

ETSU’s season-high 26 turnovers lead to 34 points for ISU

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Nov. 24, 2014) – Sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Florida) scored a career-high 23 points on Monday evening in a 76-69 loss to Indiana State inside the Hulman Center.

With the loss, ETSU drops to 3-2 on the young season while Indiana State improves to 3-1.

In their second road contest in four days, the Bucs quickly fell behind -- 6-0 -- against the home Sycamores. Hot-shooting Bridges then quickly got going with a triple to put the Blue & Gold on the scoreboard. This three-pointer was the catalyst for a 9-4 run by ETSU to pull within a point of the Sycamores, 10-9, with 13:48 left to play in the first half. Over the next four minutes, the two teams battled neck and neck before Bridges gave the Blue & Gold its first lead of the game, 17-16, with another triple. This lead was short lived as ISU answered back with an 8-0 run to take back the advantage with eight minutes to go before the break. ETSU responded to trail by only two with 5:42 remaining, but the Sycamores responded to take control over the duration of the half and took a 36-30 lead into the break.

Armed with an advantage, ISU surged out of halftime with a 7-3 streak to pull ahead by 10 with 15 minutes left to play. The propensity to turn the ball over that plagued the Bucs in the first half carried over to the second as they continued to shoot themselves in the foot when trying to mount a comeback. After Indiana State took its largest lead of the game -- 59-46 -- with 10 minutes to play, the Blue & Gold got back into the game with an 11-4 run to trail by six, 63-57, with 6 minutes left. Down the stretch, some late turnovers and conversions on the other end by the Sycamores, as well as clutch free throws, allowed ISU to hold on for a 76-69 victory.    

On Bridges’ career night, the sophomore also knocked down a career-high tying five three pointers and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Joining Bridges in double-figures was Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) with 16 on 6-of-10 shooting. For Indiana State, Racheal Mahan scored a game-best 25 points and was joined in double-digits by Jasmine Grier with 12.

The story of the game for ETSU was turnovers. The Blue & Gold turned the ball over a season-high 26 times which allowed ISU to turn these miscues into 34 points. On the night, the Bucs shot it relatively well altogether with 46 percent from the field and from behind the arc, as well as 75 percent (21-of-28) from the free throw line. ETSU also got 22 points from its reinforcements and scored 26 points in the paint.

In addition to the Sycamores’ opportunities off of turnovers, ISU had a presence in the paint with 48 points. The home team also turned 21 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points and shot a fairly-efficient 45 percent from the field. Indiana State also got 25 points from its bench and assisted on 17 of its 29 made field goals.  

The Bucs will continue the road swing with a trip to Bloomington, Ind. to take on Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m.

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