Big contributions from Schurr & Bond off of the bench aid in the victory
FAIRFAX, Va. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Behind a career-high 26 points from senior forward Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.), the ETSU women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-71 victory over the George Mason Patriots on Wednesday evening inside the Patriot Center.
With the win, ETSU improves to 4-4 on the season while George Mason also evens up at 4-4 on the year.
Looking to bounce back from a tough defeat on Saturday at Virginia Tech, the Bucs took an early lead and then engaged in back-and-forth action during the first four minutes of the contest. With 15:52 to play in the opening period, a Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) lay-in gave ETSU an advantage that they would hold onto for nearly the duration of the half. Converting on numerous opportunities from the free throw line and playing solid defense allowed the Blue & Gold to maintain a lead throughout the half. The Bucs then went up by a period-high 11 points on two separate occasions around the three-minute mark. The home team refused to go away lightly, though, and went on a 12-1 run over the final 2:41 of the period to pull even with ETSU at the halftime break.
With essentially a new start to the contest to begin the second half, the two teams went back and forth over the almost first four minutes. A lay-in by Clark gave the Blue & Gold the upper hand, 42-40, with 16:41 to go; a lead that the Bucs continued to increase over the course of the contest. A 19-9 ETSU run over the next seven minutes gave the Bucs a 12-point advantage and put them in control of the game. Over the duration, Mason tried to mount a comeback but was repeatedly answered by the visitors in Blue & Gold. In the end, ETSU got back to its winning ways with an 84-71 victory as it approaches the conclusion of a lengthy stay on the road.
In addition to Clark’s career night, the Bucs featured two more players in double-figures including Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) with 14 points and Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) with 11. ETSU also got huge contributions from its bench; highlighted by a season-high nine points from freshman guard Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) and eight from senior forward Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) Meanwhile, the Patriots featured two players with double-digit scoring performances including a game-high tying 26 points from Taylor Brown.
The Bucs dominated the Patriots in the paint, 54-34, and turned 19 Mason turnovers into 22 points. ETSU also shot a solid 44 percent from the field and knocked down a season-high 26 free throws on 34 attempts. In addition, the Blue & Gold’s 11 turnovers is a season-low.
ETSU held Mason to 38 percent shooting for the game and limited the Patriots to only 2-of-15 makes from behind the arc. The Patriots did outrebound the Bucs , 44-38, and converted 17 offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points. Mason also racked up 13 assists on 23 made field goals.
The Bucs’ will conclude their lengthy six-game road swing with a trip to Huntsville, Alabama to take on Alabama A&M on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.
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