|January 07, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FUR|
|FG Percentage||.467 (28-60)||.508 (30-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (4-15)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.773 (17-22)||.750 (12-16)|
- 30||Whitney Bunn
Tianna Tarter - 8
- 4||Whitney Bunn
- 3||Allison Beasley
Kelsey Ellis - 1
Cierra Carter - 1
Tianna Tarter - 1
Sadasia Tipps - 1
Cierra Carter - 2
GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 7, 2016) - Despite an amazing shooting performance from sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) who recorded a career-high 30 points, the ETSU Women's Basketball fell in their Southern Conference opener 81-77 at Furman on Thursday night.
"Im pleased with our effort, I'm displeased with the outcome," said head coach Brittney Ezell. "I thought we did a better job of going to the FT line and I think we took care of the ball relatively well."
A back and forth game throughout the Buccaneers and Paladins were tied with three minutes left to go in the fourth quarter before freshman Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) nailed a three-pointer from the left wing to give ETSU the lead for the first time since the later portion of the first quarter.
The Paladins answered right back with a three of their own from junior guard Whitney Bunn who poured in a team-high 25 points. For the final three minutes neither team was able to control the lead for long with four lead changes in a minute span. Tarter went to the free-throw line making one of two to get to within one with 53 seconds left but yet again Bunn answered with a straight away three to make it a two possesion game.
However the Bucs battled back and had an opportunity in the final seconds as Furman held on to just a three-point lead. It was the sophomore guard Tarter who drove to the basket and put up a shot that appared to be deflected off Furman and out of bounds. After an official review, the call was switched and Furman was rewarded the ball.
After a quick intentional foul, Furman hit one of two free throws to ice the game and give ETSU their first conference opening loss since 2012. Both teams ended the game on fire from the field as the Bucs made six of their last eight shots while Furman made their last three.
"We have got some things to correct before Saturday. It's a difficutlt way to lose a conference opener," said Ezell.
The big three of Tarter, junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) and senior Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) each recorded double-digit points with Tarter registering a career-high 30 points. As a team the Bucs shot 47 percent from the field while outrebounding the Paladins, 36-29.
"Our kids showed alot of guts, Tarter was amazing tonight, Bridges has 19, Christopher has 10, my big three performed."
It was a defensive battle in the first half as the Bucs held the Paladins to just 39 points while holding the SoCon's top ranked team in three-point field goal percentage to 3-of-10 from behind the arc. Tarter had 17 to end the half with 13 coming in the second quarter alone.
ETSU will look for their first conference victory on Saturday when they head to Spartanburg, S.C. to challenge the Terriers of Wofford at 5 p.m.
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