SPARTANBURG, S.C. (January 9, 2016) - All 11 players who stepped on the court for the Buccaneers scored as the ETSU Women's Basketball team recorded their first Southern Conference victory Saturday night defeating Wofford, 70-54.
Sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) led the Bucs once again with a game-high 20 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Senior Shomari Kendrick (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Yamile Rodriguez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) led the team with seven rebounds.
After surrendering the first point of the game the Bucs (9-8, 1-1 SoCon) embarked on a 12-4 run while ramping up the defensive pressure forcing Wofford (5-10, 0-2 SoCon) to commit four turnovers in five possesions after scoring the first basket.
ETSU suffered a scoring drought near the end of the first but senior Chandler Christopher (Greenville, Tenn.) and Tarter made sure the drought didn't last long with back-to-back lay-ups. ETSU outscored Wofford 22-15 in the first extending their streak of 20 point quarters to four.
The ETSU defense stepped up in the second quarter as they held the Terriers scoreless for nearly five minutes while scoring five straight points highlighted by junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) nailing a wide-open three from the right corner. The Bucs held a 40-26 lead at the half, their second largest halftime lead of the season.
In the first half the Blue & Gold forced 12 Wofford turnovers leading to 11 points. Wofford shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the first half.
It was a slow start for both teams to begin the second half as there was a combined six points in the first four minutes of the third quarter. ETSU jumped out to their largest lead of the game of 26 at the 6:32 mark in the fourth quarter thanks to Christopher knocking down a wide-open three from the right corner after an assist from sophomore Mendy McNeese (Greeneville, Tenn.).
Towards the end of the game Wofford cut the ETSU lead down to 17 thanks to a 12-4 run in the last two minutes. However it was too late for the Terriers as the Bucs improved to 9-8 on the season and registered their first victory in conference play.
ETSU and Wofford combined to commit 52 personal fouls in a game that lasted nearly two hours. The Bucs forced the Terriers to commit 22 turnovers with 12 steals leading to 24 points. From behind the three-point line, the Blue & Gold held Wofford to just 15.8 percent.
The Bucs will host UNC-Greensboro on Jan.14 at 7:00 p.m. inside Brooks Gym for their SoCon home opener. ETSU will stay at home two days later to take on the Catamounts of Western Carolina at 2:00 p.m.
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