Sherer records new career high
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2018) –In their second showdown of the season, ETSU came up short against UNCG 65-61 on the road. The Bucs fall to 6-2 in conference play, as the Spartans improve to 4-4.
Inside the Numbers
- Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo, Miss.) finished with the team high of 16 points. She also topped her career-high with this performance.
- Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) recorded her 21st double-digit performance of the season, finishing with 15 points. She went 7-8 from the free throw line. She now has 409 career steals and has moved into second place in ETSU’s career records. She’s only 11 free throws away from tying the record.
- Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) had the team high of right rebounds and also had four points.
- ETSU finished the game with a 90.9 free throw percentage and had seven steals.
- UNCG had three players finish in double figures. Ija Ajemba recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nadine Soliman also had 17 points, while Alexus Willey had 13. Te’Ja Twitty had the team high of 13 rebounds for the Spartans as well.
- UNCG scored the first basket of the game as the shot clock buzzer went off.
- ETSU was scoreless for the first two minutes of the game.
- Tianna Tarter fed Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) a great pass down low. Tipps was wide open in the lane to give ETSU their first points of the game.
- A layup, followed by a free throw and a three-pointer by UNCG’s Nadine Soliman, gave the Spartans an 8-2 lead.
- ETSU was unable to make any field goals for three minutes of play. Shy Copney (Johnson City, Tenn.) ended this drought by draining a three-pointer to put the Bucs within two.
- UNCG was unable to make any field goals for six minutes. Their only points during this time came from free throws.
- After a 7-0 run by the Bucs, Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) tied the game for the Bucs at 9-9, but the Bucs would shortly face a three-minute scoring drought as UNCG built a 6-0 run.
- Shy Copney drained a three-pointer at the buzzer, which put the Bucs within three, 15-12.
- Copney fed Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) a beautiful pass down low to get ETSU within one at 15-14 to start the second quarter.
- UNCG went a 6-0 run as the Bucs were scoreless for three minutes to build a 21-14 lead.
- Tarter went up for the layup and made the extra point after getting fouled on the play. This was Tarter’s 405th career free throw, which tied her with DeShawne Blocker (1992-95) in ETSU’s career records.
- UNCG’s Alexus Willey then drained back-to-back three pointers to give the Spartans a 10-point lead.
- Alayjah Sherer picked up a steal and drove down the court for a layup, but the Spartans would end the half with a layup on the other end, to maintain a 10-point lead at the half, with the score sitting at 33-23.
- UNCG scored first to begin the second half, but Britney Snowden worked through a crowd of Spartans to go up for the layup to keep the Bucs within 10.
- The Spartans were scoreless for two minutes, before UNCG’S Nadine Soliman gave her team back-to-back three-pointers to keep them in the lead.
- ETSU continued to battle and Raven Dean went 3-3 in field goals, as both teams continued to score back and forth.
- UNCG then faced a three-minute scoring drought, as the Bucs built an 8-0 run.
- Jada Craig (Winston-Salem, N.C.) drove to the hoop and put the Bucs within five, but UNCG ended the quarter with back-to-back layups to put the score at 52-43.
- The Bucs were scoreless for the first two minutes, before Craig had a steal and layup.
- Tarter then drove to the hoop and was fouled once again. She made the free throw to get ETSU within seven.
- Alayjah Sherer shined in the fourth quarter. She drove to the hoop and got the and one and then drained a three to put the Bucs within six with three minutes remaining.
- Sherer drove to the hoop to go 3-3 in field goals to put the score at 62-56.
- Tarter attempted a three, but was fouled. She made all three free throws and the Bucs were just three points away from tying the game with 1:11 left in play.
- UNCG was in the middle of a four-minute scoring drought, but the Bucs needed to foul to get the ball back.
- Nadine Soliman from UNCG made both free throws, but Sherer drove to the hoop right after to keep the Bucs within three.
- ETSU fouled the Spartans once again. They made one of two free throw attempts, but there was not enough time on the clock for the Bucs to get a great shot off, as the Spartans would pull away with the 65-61 win.
- ETSU heads to Western Carolina this Saturday, Feb. 3 with tip-off set for 5:00 p.m. inside the Ramsey Center.
“Disappointing but not surprising,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “Greensboro was the aggressor all night. They played a really good game and shot well from the floor. They were efficient. We shot extremely poorly and lacked some focus, which was disappointing. I thought we showed some resiliency to fight back and make it a three-point game, but we have to play with more of a sense of urgency from the start, as opposed to trying to rely on something to bail us out of a bad situation at the end. A lot to learn from. We still have the ability to bounce back on Saturday. The quick turnaround will help, but obviously it still hurts not having Erica (Haynes-Overton). Really disappointed in it tonight, but we’ll have to find a way to get better pretty quick.”
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