|January 16, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WCU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.381 (24-63)||.400 (22-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.188 (3-16)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.611 (11-18)||.742 (23-31)|
- 13||Chandler Christopher
Sherae Bonner - 7
- 4||Tianna Tarter
- 3||Chandler Christopher
- 2||Yamile Rodriguez
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (January 16, 2016) - After surrendering a 26-point halftime lead, the ETSU Women's Basketball team held on to remain perfect at home this season, defeating Western Carolina, 74-62 on Saturday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.
The Buccaneers saw three players score in double figures with senior Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) leading the way, matching a career-high 20 points. Sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) kept her stellar play going registering 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals.
It was a sensational first half for the Blue & Gold shooting 45 percent from the field and forcing Western Carolina to commit 13 turnovers. The Bucs scored 14 points off of Western Carolina mistakes while freshman Carley Lytton (Floyd, Va.) led the team with 10 points.
Early in the first quarter the Bucs trailed Western Carolina 9-6 but then proceeded to embark on a 33-7 run to go up by as many as 26. Highlighting the long run was Lytton who drilled back-to-back corner three pointers from the left side. In the second quarter, Western Carolina scored just five points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field.
ETSU went into halftime with a 41-16 lead, the largest halftime lead of the season for the Bucs. Also the 16 points by the Catamounts was the fewest ETSU has given up in a half this season.
The game turned in Western Carolina's favor in a hurry to start the third quarter as the Catamounts used a 11-5 run, scoring the first seven points in the quarter to diminish the ETSU lead. Christopher seemed to give the momentum back to ETSU midway through the quarter as she scored seven straight points for the Blue & Gold to bring the lead back to 20.
However, ETSU went scoreless the final three minutes of the third to take a slim 15-point lead into the fourth. Western Carolina cut the lead to single digits midway through the fourth when they forced a turnover and WCU's Brianne Mack raced down the court for the fast break lay-up.
After Western Carolina cut the lead to seven, it was the clutch three-point shot of Christopher from the left corner to give ETSU a double-digit lead once again with four minutes to play.
ETSU then went on a 7-2 run the final four minutes of the game to hold off the Catamouns and win their third consecutive SoCon game. The Bucs move to 11-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Overall, ETSU forced Western Carolina to commit 19 turnovers, scoring 17 points off those mistakes. Freshman Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) led the Bucs with eight rebounds as ETSU was out-rebounded by WCU, 40-37.
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