Mitchell leads group of three Bucs in double-figures with 13 points
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2015) – The ETSU women’s basketball team dropped a 64-42 decision to the No. 18 Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday afternoon inside McKenzie Arena.
With the loss, ETSU ends the regular season at 19-10 overall and 11-3 in Southern Conference action. Meanwhile, the Mocs move to 26-3 overall and 14-0 in SoCon play.
On UTC’s Senior Day, the Bucs quickly fell behind as the Mocs scored the first 15 points of the contest. Limited on offense due to a flurry of early turnovers, ETSU finally got on the board with a sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) jumper with 11:45 to go in the opening period. This conversion from the field was the catalyst for a 7-0 ETSU run to bring the score to 15-7 with 10:32 remaining in the period. Chattanooga countered, though, with a 7-0 surge of its own over the next four minutes to pull ahead by a 22-7 score. Facing a 24-13 deficit with 3:57 to go, the Bucs surrendered another 7-0 UTC burst over the duration of the half to make the score 31-13 UTC going into halftime.
In the early portion of the second half, the Mocs increased their lead to 22, 41-19, with 13:42 remaining. ETSU refused to go away lightly, though, and quickly whittled its deficit down to 43-27 over the next two minutes. As was the theme throughout the game, the home team continually had an answer for any Buccaneer rally. The Bucs worked to trail by their lowest mark since the 4:28 mark of the first half, 14 points, with 5:43 to go. Needing to get stops on defense and convert on the offensive end at this critical time, ETSU unfortunately fell victim to a quick 6-0 surge by UTC over the next couple of minutes which essentially put the game away.
The Bucs had three players in double-figures, led by 13 points from senior forward Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.). Joining Mitchell, Bridges chipped in 12 points while senior forward Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) added 11. Meanwhile, the Mocs had a pair of players score a game-best 14 points: forward Jasmine Joyner and guard Ka’Vonne Towns. Joyner also contributed a game-high 14 rebounds, while Towns was 4-of-5 from three-point range.
One of the telltale signs of the day’s struggles was Chattanooga forcing ETSU into 19 turnovers and capitalizing with 21 points off of these miscues. The Mocs were also very efficient from the field with 52 percent shooting including seven three-pointers and 28 points in the paint. UTC also had 19 assists on 25 made field goals and outrebounded its opponent, 33-19.
ETSU bounced back from struggling from the field in the first half with 55 percent (12-of-22) shooting in the second. The Bucs totaled 22 points in the paint and got 11 points from their bench. ETSU was also able to turn the Mocs over 15 times, but only cashed in on these takeaways with four points.
The Blue & Gold will begin postseason play on Thursday, March 5, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale. On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Bucs will take on the No. 7 seed Western Carolina Catamounts at 4:30 p.m. inside Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina. Click here for ticket information.
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