SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan.5, 2017) – Junior guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) received her sixth Southern Conference accolade this season, coming in the form of being named December’s SoCon Player of the Month as selected by the league office on Thursday.
Tarter averaged 38 minutes per game in eight games during the month averaging 22.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game. From the floor she shot a staggering 51 percent and had 59 free-throw attempts.
In December, the junior guard became the first player in ETSU history and first SoCon player since 1988 to earn three straight player of the week awards. In eight games, Tarter scored 20 or more points in six while registering back-to-back 30-point performances against Vanderbilt and Tennessee Tech.
The highlight of December came on December 8 in Johnson City as Tarter shined inside Brooks Gym versus Vanderbilt. Tarter recorded a career-high 35 points on 15-of-29 shooting from the field. The 35 points is the most points scored by a SoCon player this season while the 15 made field goals at the time ranked as the second most in the NCAA.
On Dec.17 the Johnson City, Tenn., native became the 23rd member of ETSU women’s basketball’s 1,000-point club, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds versus Elon. During the holiday break, Tarter shined in the Sunshine State, averaging 17.5 points, five rebounds and five assists in two games at the Miami Holiday Tournament. Her performance led to being named to the Miami Holiday All-Tournament team.
To end the month on Dec.28 against Old Dominion, Tarter took over in the second half scoring 22 of her game-high 24 points including 15 in the fourth quarter to give ETSU their second straight victory over the Lady Monarchs.
Tarter scored in double figures in all eight contests during the month of December and has score 10 or more in 10 straight games. Tarter helped lead the Bucs to a record of 5-3 during the month. She leads the SoCon with 20.5 points per game and leads ETSU with 5.6 rebounds per contest.
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