Four Bucs finish in double figures; Tarter scores the game high of 24 points
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 1, 2018) – A dominant 30-point second quarter propelled No. 2 seed ETSU past No. 7 Wofford on Thursday night inside the U.S. Cellular Center. With a 78- 64 win over the Terriers, ETSU advances to the semifinals for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. The Bucs will play No. 6 UNCG tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. in the semifinals.
Inside the Numbers
Four Bucs finished in double figures.
Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) had the game-high of 24 points. She finished with six three-pointers to tie her career-high in a single game. She last recorded this last year (March 2, 2017) against Samford during the first round of the SoCon Tournament.
Tarter also had five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) recorded a new career-high of 11 points. She also tallied seven rebounds.
Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) was just shy of a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
ETSU scored a new team best of 51 points at the half. Their 30 points in a single quarter is also a new season best.
ETSU was +9 in turnover margin, forcing 17 Wofford turnovers while making a season-low eight miscues of its own. The Terriers had 60 turnovers (20.0/game) in their three meetings with the Bucs.
The Bucs scored 18 fastbreak points.
ETSU dominated the game in the paint with a 34-14 advantage, forcing the Terriers to the perimeter.
Woffords’ Cairo Booker just missed a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Da’Ja Green added 15 points and six boards.
Haynes-Overton set the tone for the Bucs with a quick layup.
Tarter snagged a steal and drove down the court for a layup.
Wofford had a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, as the Bucs went scoreless for two minutes.
Tarter ended their drought with a three, but Wofford fired back with a three on their end.
Tarter hit her second three of the game, followed by back-to-back jumpers by Sadasia Tipps and Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas).
The Terriers made a layup and hit a three, but Schurr made both free throws to give the Bucs a 21-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Haynes-Overton started the second quarter with a bang. She drained a deep three-pointer from NBA range.
Haynes-Overton gave the Bucs back-to-back layups before the Terriers hit back-to-back threes.
Tarter hit her third three-pointer of the game and Malloree Schurr hit a jumper to pull away with a 33-24 lead.
Tarter drained her fourth three of the game, followed by Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) who hit her first three-pointer of the season.
The Terriers made a layup, but Sadasia Tipps made a layup for the Bucs on the other end.
Tarter made a terrific pass to Tipps in the paint, as she went up for the layup and was fouled. Tipps made her free throw and then Tarter drained her fifth three of the game.
ETSU ended the second half with an 8-0 run to grab a 51-30 lead.
Snowden started things off for the Bucs making her free throws.
Wofford hit back-to-back jumpers.
Snowden’s layup and Dean’s jumper helped the Bucs add to their lead before facing a two-minute scoring drought.
Snowden ended the drought, followed by a jumper by Sadasia Tipps.
Wofford was scoreless for the remaining four minutes of the quarter, as the Bucs’ controlled their 61-42 lead.
Haynes-Overton drove to the hoop for a layup.
Points continued to come from Tarter and Haynes-Overton.
The Terriers continued to fight with free throws and layups.
Tarter drained her sixth three of the game, which tied her career-high of six three-pointers in a single game.
Wofford continued to get points from free throws.
The Terrier’s Anna Claire Atha drained a three with ten seconds left, but ETSU came away with the 78-64 win.
ETSU will play No. 6 UNCG. Tomorrow’s semifinal game will be played at 1:15 p.m.
Head Coach Brittney Ezell Opening Statement: “I’m really thrilled to get the first one under our belt. I thought we played an extremely tough first half. Let off the gas a bit in the second half, but any time you can survive and advance you’re thrilled. I thought Tianna, Erica, Sadasia and Brittney really had good nights. I’m proud of their effort, proud of their resiliency and happy to be moving on.”
On Tianna playing well in the SoCon tournament: “Tianna doesn’t give herself enough credit. These two kids (Tianna and Erica), in my opinion are the two best kids in the SoCon and the two most unassuming superstars you’re ever going to be around. Confidence is earned, and they both work at it.
On learning from previous tournament losses: “We learned that you can’t win the second one until you win the first one. Our kids bought into that and they prepped really well this week.
Guard Erica Haynes-Overton On what it took to win the game: “We had great tempo. We relied on our defense to create offense and never let our foot off the gas.”
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