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Stats at a GlanceETSUMER
FG Percentage.333 (16-48) .407 (22-54)
3P FG Percentage.200 (2-10) .333 (4-12)
FT Percentage.636 (14-22) .833 (15-18)
Offensive Rebounds1110
Defensive Rebounds2422
Total Rebounds3532
Bench Points1123
PointsTianna Tarter - 14
KeKe Calloway - 15
Kahlia Lawrence - 15
ReboundsTEAM - 6
Alex Williams - 8
AssistsTianna Tarter - 5
Sydni Means - 4
StealsTianna Tarter - 2
Erica Haynes-Overton - 2
Sydni Means - 3
Kahlia Lawrence - 3
BlocksTianna Tarter - 1
Alayjah Sherer - 1
Sadasia Tipps - 1
Amanda Thompson - 2
Bucs fall to No. 25 Mercer in regular season finale
Bucs fall to No. 25 Mercer in regular season finale
Saturday, February 24, 2018

ETSU concludes the season with an 11-3 conference record

MACON, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2018) – The ETSU women’s basketball team concluded their regular season today in Macon, Ga. The Bucs fell 63-48 to the No. 25 Mercer Bears on Saturday afternoon in Hawkins Arena. Mercer finishes their season with an overall record of 27-2 and went a perfect 14-0 in conference action. ETSU drops to 18-11 and 11-3 in the SoCon, but will still remain as the No. 2 seed, as they head into the conference tournament next week.

Inside the Numbers

  • Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) both finished in double figures. Tarter led the Bucs with 14 points, while Haynes-Overton had 13.
  • Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.), Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.), and Tarter each had five rebounds apiece.
  • ETSU outrebounded the Bears 35-32.
  • Mercer was led Kahlia Lawrence and Keke Calloway, who both finished with 15 points. Sydni Means also chipped in with 13 points.

First Quarter

  • Mercer had back-to-back points to get things started.
  • Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) cut their deficit in half after she grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup.
  • Mercer answered with a deep jumper by Kahlia Lawrence.
  • Haynes-Overton snatched a defensive rebound and drove down the court for a quick jumper.
  • Mercer was scoreless for five minutes and were unable to make any of their last seven field goal attempts.
  • During this time, the Bucs were also scoreless for six minutes.
  • Mercer ended their drought with a layup and added the extra point after being fouled and making the free throw to make the score 9-4.
  • The Bears had a steal and layup, but Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) got the Bucs within four after draining a three to end the first quarter 11-7.

Second Quarter

  • Mercer received possession first and hit a three as the shot clock buzzer went off.
  • Snowden immediately converted for the Bucs and made a layup, which led to a 6-0 run.
  • Haynes-Overton got the Bucs within one, 14-13 after she made a layup.
  • Mercer’s Lawrence put them back up by four after hitting a three.
  • Raven Dean got the Bucs close again with a jumper before the Bears would suffer a four-minute scoring drought, as ETSU forced five turnovers.
  • Shy Copney (Johnson City, Tenn.) came up big for the Bucs with a three to give ETSU their first lead of the game with 2:58 remaining until halftime.
  • Mercer quickly retained their lead after making both free throws.
  • Both teams were hungry, as the fast paced game continued to go back and forth.
  • Mercer was able to add to their lead with free throws to head into the half with a 26-21 lead.

Third Quarter

  • The Bears made a layup to begin the second half, but Snowden had a layup at the other end of the court to keep the Bucs within five.
  • Mercer went 3-3 in field goals, before ETSU was scoreless for six minutes of action.
  • ETSU’s only points came from free throws made by Tarter and Dean. Tarter went 4-4 at the line in the third quarter.
  • A layup and a three at the buzzer increased Mercer’s lead to 46-32 following the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Mercer was able to get a quick four points with a layup and some more free throws.
  • Haynes-Overton hit a jumper and Copney made a layup to inch the Bucs closer.
  • The Bears went 0 for 5 in field goals, which led to a scoreless three-minutes.
  • Mercer ended their drought with a three to put the score at 55-38.
  • Layups by Tarter and Dean helped the Bucs go 4 for 4 in field goals.
  • Haynes-Overton grabbed a steal and layup.
  • Tarter went another 4-4 from the free throw line.
  • Mercer would end the game with free throws to secure a 63-48 win.

Up Next

The Bucs head to Asheville, N.C. for the SoCon Tournament. They will play Wofford on March 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Post-Game Quotes

“Obviously you’re disappointed any time you lose, but we’ve actually had an opportunity to talk as a team and watch the film and know there’s some areas we need to tune up,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “We’ve had an incredible non-conference. We’ve had an incredible regular season and now we’re ready for the next step in our process, which is the conference tournament. Yes, we’re disappointed with a loss, but thrilled with the two seed. Hoping that Buc Nation comes over to support us on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. We’re ready to put it behind us and just be ready to go when it matters for the tournament. Excited about it, but don’t want to downplay the fact that we lost because there’s a lot to learn. There will be a time and a place to address those kind of things, but right now we have to move forward and that’s what we’re doing. We’re getting ready for Asheville.”

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