March 15, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
ETSU911151752
JMU1912101960
Stats at a GlanceETSUJMU
FG Percentage.333 (20-60) .340 (17-50)
3P FG Percentage.217 (5-23) .188 (3-16)
FT Percentage.700 (7-10) .885 (23-26)
Offensive Rebounds95
Defensive Rebounds3033
Total Rebounds3938
Turnovers1813
Steals94
Bench Points135
LeadersETSUJMU
PointsErica Haynes-Overton - 15
Tianna Tarter - 15
Barrier - 27
ReboundsTianna Tarter - 7
TEAM - 7
CooperWilliams - 10
AssistsTianna Tarter - 4
Reynolds - 4
StealsErica Haynes-Overton - 2
Sadasia Tipps - 2
Tianna Tarter - 2
Smalls - 1
Reynolds - 1
Young - 1
Harris - 1
BlocksSadasia Tipps - 2
CooperWilliams - 3
Comeback bid falls short in postseason game at JMU
Comeback bid falls short in postseason game at JMU
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tarter and Haynes-Overton each finish with 15 points

HARRISONBURG, Va. (March 15, 2018) –  The ETSU women’s basketball team concluded their 2017-18 campaign on Thursday night at James Madison University in the first round of the WNIT. The Bucs got within four after falling behind with a 14-point deficit. ETSU concludes their season with a 20-13 record, as JMU moves on to host Radford in the second round of the WNIT.

Inside the Numbers

  • Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished the game with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
  • Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) also finished with 15 points.
  • Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo, Miss.) had 10 points and five rebounds.
  • Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas), Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.), Shy Copney (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Sherer each finished with five rebounds.
  • The Bucs outrebounded the Dukes 39-38.
  • JMU’s Lexie Barrier finished with the game high of 27 points and had seven rebounds. It was her new career-high and the most points by a JMU player all season.
  • Kayla Cooper Williams had the team high 10 rebounds and nine points.
  • JMU improved to 16-7 all-time in the WNIT and 14-2 at home. 

First Quarter

  • JMU was fouled on their first possession and made both free throws to score the first points of the game.
  • Tarter began the scoring for the Bucs with a fade away jumper.
  • JMU went on a 10-0 run to take a lead, as the Bucs were scoreless for two minutes.
  • Alayjah Sherer ended the drought for the Bucs with a steal and layup.
  • Shy Copney drained a three to get within two of the Dukes.
  • Tarter’s drive to the hoop tied the game at nine.
  • JMU ended the first quarter finishing with a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter 19-9.

Second Quarter

  • Tarter started things off with a three-pointer.
  • JMU continued to build their lead, as the Bucs went scoreless for two minutes.
  • Haynes-Overton’s jumper put the Bucs within 10.
  • The Dukes had layups in between Tarter’s three.
  • Haynes-Overton ended the half with a jumper.
  • The Dukes would have an 11-point lead heading into halftime 31-20.

Third Quarter

  • JMU started the second half with a three to grab their largest lead of the game.
  • The Bucs would begin their comeback bid, as Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) made a layup.
  • Haynes-Overton grabbed a defensive rebound and drove down the court and hit a jumper.
  • Points from Tipps and Haynes-Overton kept the Bucs in range.
  • Tarter’s free throws put the Bucs within nine and she gave the Bucs the momentum they needed after draining a three to get within six.
  • JMU had no field goals for seven minutes, with their only points coming from free throws.
  • Haynes-Overton’s jumper got the Bucs within six, as ETSU would outscore the Dukes 15-10 in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • JMU pulled away with four quick points to take their 10-point lead back, as the Bucs were unable to score for the first three minutes.
  • Haynes-Overton made a free throw, but the Dukes continued to build their lead with a three.
  • Tipps and Snowden had back-to-back layups to put the Bucs within nine.
  • Haynes-Overton would cut that down to four after she hit a three-pointer to conclude ETSU’s 8-0 run.
  • Throughout the remaining five minutes, JMU would get their points from free throws.
  • They went a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line to control their lead.
  • Alayjah Sherer had seven points in the fourth quarter to keep the Bucs in it, but JMU’s last six free throw attempts would help the Dukes pull away with the 60-52 win.

Post-Game Quotes

Opening statement from Coach Ezell… “First of all congratulations to James Madison. Sean runs a tremendous program and is a higher character person. I value him as a colleague and as a friend. I admire what he’s doing with the program. As for my team’s effort, I hope that anybody who watched the game understands what toughness personified is and that’s what our kids are. You watch our kids and they fight every possession regardless of the whistle. Regardless of who’s in the game. Regardless of size differential. They are the toughest kids I’ve ever coached and I told them that. It’s hard because I’m emotional when you have to say goodbye to seniors who’ve meant so much, not just to our program, but to our university. I don’t know how coaches sit up here and not cry. You love your kids. You fight for your kids. You watch the game that they fought for us. They fought for each other and they’ve done it all year. We’ve had 10 healthy bodies all year. I’ve made them play the worst schedule ever. I’ve made them play the No. 2, the No. 5, and the No. 11 team in the country and then I bring them to James Madison, who has some of the best fans in the country and make them play here in the postseason. I’m sure they are questioning my sanity, but I will never question my kids’ heart. I will never question their care. I hope they know that I am forever indebted to them for what they’ve done for us.”

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