Bucs hold Colonels to season-low opponent point total
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 13, 2014) – The ETSU women’s basketball team got its third win in a row on Saturday evening inside Brooks Gym with a 64-49 victory over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels behind 16 points from Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) and a double-double from Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.).
With the win, ETSU improves to 6-4 on the season while EKU drops to 4-4 on the year.
Finally back in the friendly home confines of Brooks Gym for the first time in nearly a month, the Blue & Gold took an initial lead in an attempt to take control of the game early. After back-and-forth action between the two teams over the first seven minutes, the Bucs went on an 8-0 run in the next five minutes; capped by a three-pointer from Bridges to bring the score to 18-9 with 7:52 left in the opening period. Suited with a sizeable lead, ETSU continued to limit the Colonels from the field and convert on the offensive end over the duration of the half. Over the final five minutes of the period, EKU only added three made field goals – all three in the final minute and a half – while the Blue & Gold brought its advantage to 30-19 going into the break.
After holding the visitors from Richmond, Kentucky to 18 percent shooting in the first half (7-of-38), ETSU aimed to continue the defensive pressure in the second. While still limiting their opponent from the floor, the Bucs were also able to convert offensively to up their lead throughout the second period. Following ETSU going up by 16 points with 10:38 left to play, the Colonels went on a 11-4 streak to get within single digits with 6:49 to go. With the flow of the game bogged down a bit with numerous foul calls, ETSU was able to keep EKU at arm’s length through the duration of the contest. Late free throw conversions from the Blue & Gold down the stretch allowed it to bring the final score to 64-49.
In addition to sophomore guard Bridges’ game-high point total, the Bucs also got 15 points and 10 rebounds from redshirt senior forward Mitchell. The senior’s double-double is her third this season and 29th of her career. Additionally, senior forward Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and junior guard Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) each added nine points while freshman point guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) contributed seven points, six rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, EKU was led by 15 points from Michaela Hunter.
ETSU shot the ball at an efficient 47 percent from the floor while also limiting the Colonels to 26 percent shooting for the game. In this season-best defensive performance, the Bucs limited their opponent to both a season-low point total and shooting percentage. The Blue & Gold also corralled 43 rebounds – including 10 offensive -- and assisted on 10 of its 21 made field goals.
Included in the Colonels' bad shooting was only 3-of-13 makes from behind the arc, but they did convert on 10-of-13 opportunities from the free throw line. Additionally, EKU matched the home team with 43 total rebounds and turned the ball over only 11 times.
The Bucs will have a quick turnaround with a trip to Morehead, Kentucky to take on the Morehead State Eagles on Monday, Dec. 15, at noon.
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