|January 21, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||SAM|
|FG Percentage||.362 (17-47)||.404 (23-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.133 (2-15)||.250 (4-16)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (11-15)||.714 (5-7)|
- 14||Taylor Reece
TEAM - 7
- 3||Krista Stricklin
Taylor Reece - 4
Carley Lytton - 1
Shamauria Bridges - 1
Shomari Kendrick - 1
- 2||Destiney Elliott
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (January 21, 2016) - The ETSU Women's Basketball team saw it's three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday night as Samford defeated the Buccaneers, 55-47 inside the Pete Hanna Center.
Despite the result sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.), the reigning SoCon Player of the Week had a dazzling performance leading the Buccaneers in Points (14), Rebounds (7), Assists (3) and Steals (1).
Senior Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) registered a double-digit point performance scoring 10 to go along with two assists and three rebounds. Freshman Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) scored seven points off the bench.
The first three minutes of the game saw everything go right for Samford as they opened up the game with seven straight points. ETSU then came roaring back with a 12-2 run highlighted by Dean draining a three from the right wing to tie the game midway through the first.
ETSU kept up the momentum in the second quarter shooting 54 percent from the field and jumping out to their largest lead of the game at five midway through the second. It was two-point game with three minutes remaining in the quarter before the Bucs made four of their last five shots to take a 25-22 lead into half.
The Blue & Gold ended the first half on a 21-10 run with Tarter leading the Bucs with eight points.
Coming out of halftime Samford quickly regained the lead using an 11-2 run, making five of their first six shots to begin the third. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to double-digits after ETSU went nearly three minutes without recording a basket. The Bulldogs embarked on a 9-0 run to end the quarter while the Bucs missed their last six shots. ETSU was outscored 20-6 and shot 2-of-10 from the field in the quarter.
In the fourth, the Bucs were able to cut the deficit to single digits when junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) blew past the defender on her way to a wide open lay-up with eight minutes remaining. Despite holding Samford scoreless nearly four minutes midway through the fourth, the Bucs were unable to capitalize as they scored just two points during that time.
ETSU got to within six points with 11 seconds remaining as freshman Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) put in a lay-up off an offensive rebound but was unable to get any closer as the Bulldogs snapped the Bucs three-game win streak.
Overall, the Bucs made a season-low two three-pointers along with a season-low three point field goal percentage of 13.3 percent. ETSU forced Samford to commit 12 turnovers, scoring 14 points off of the Bulldogs mistakes.
The Bucs drop to 11-9 overall and 3-2 in SoCon Play. ETSU continues on the road Saturday when they take on league-leading Mercer at 2:00 p.m. in Macon, Ga.
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