|February 02, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WCU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.431 (31-72)||.439 (29-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (12-18)||.733 (22-30)|
- 32||Erica Haynes-Overton
|Rebounds||Judith Martin Ruiz
- 10||Erica Haynes-Overton
|Assists||Judith Martin Ruiz
- 6||Erica Haynes-Overton
Jada Miller - 2
|Blocks||Judith Martin Ruiz
Kayla Brown - 2
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2019) – With .5 seconds remaining on the clock and Western Carolina out in front 70-68, sophomore Erica Haynes-Overton would make two of the biggest shots of her life to tie the game at 70, pushing the Bucs into overtime action.
ETSU would outscore WCU 18-10 in overtime to secure an 88-80 win. The Bucs improve to 6-17, 4-3 in the SoCon and WCU drops to 4-18, 0-7 in the SoCon. ETSU remains undefeated at home against conference opponents.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Upton got things started for the Bucs with a layup. The Bucs would take a 9-4 lead with back-to-back three pointers by Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) and Scheetz. The Catamounts were able to grab their first lead of the game in two straight possessions, but a 7-0 run, including a three by Carley Lytton (Floyd, Va.) and four points by Tipps would give ETSU a 17-11 lead. Upton and Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) jumped in on the fun and both drain three’s, as the Bucs would have a ten-point lead to end the quarter, 23-13. ETSU shot 53.3 percent from the field and had five different Bucs make a three-pointer.
Western Carolina had a hot start to begin the second quarter, going on an 8-0 run to pull within two of the Bucs. Scheetz drained her second three of the game and Haynes-Overton also swished a three to give the Bucs a ten-point lead. Western Carolina would answer with a three of their own, but Haynes-Overton continued to be unstoppable, scoring seven points in the second quarter, as ETSU would have a 44-35 lead at the half. The Bucs shot 50 percent from the field and scored 12 points in the paint.
The Catamounts were able to pull within five, as ETSU was scoreless for the first two minutes. Haynes-Overton and Scheetz would score four points each. Both teams went cold for four minutes of the quarter and mostly scored points at the free throw line. The Bucs would remain in the lead 54-47.
Western Carolina outscored ETSU 23-16 in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 of their points in the paint to tie the Bucs three times throughout the period. Both teams traded points to kick off the fourth quarter, but the Catamounts took advantage of a two-minute drought by the Bucs to go on a 7-0 run to take a 68-66 lead. With 24.5 seconds left in the game, ETSU called timeout and Scheetz would come in clutch swishing a mid-range jumper to tie the game at 68. The Catamounts called timeout with 15.3 seconds left and Jewell Smalls would put her team back out in front with a jumper. Haynes-Overton had 2.7 seconds to drive to the hoop, putting up one last attempt, but was fouled. Haynes-Overton scored half of the Buc’s points in fourth quarter and came up big for the Bucs to make both of her free throws to tie the game at 70. The Catamounts had .5 seconds left and Smalls drained a three from afar, but the shot was not released in time and the game would go into overtime.
Haynes-Overton scored a dominating 11 points in overtime to help ETSU secure the win. She gave the Bucs a 79-76 lead after making her second three of the game. Haynes-Overton, Upton and Scheetz all made their free throws when fouled to give ETSU an 88-80 win in overtime fashion.
Redshirt sophomore Micah Scheetz: “I give credit to Western Carolina. They played really great. They kept us on our toes for sure. We never should’ve been in that position, but they played really well. It was good to have a second chance and come out on top. I’m really proud of Erica (Haynes-Overton). She really stepped up when we needed her to. She got buckets when we needed a bucket and those two free throws were big time. She’s built for those moments.”
Sophomore Erica Haynes-Overton: “I was happy I was the one going to the free throw line. My teammates believe in me and I believe in myself. It was a great shot by number 30, but it was great to have a second chance. We knew we had to come out strong, play our game, and believe in one another.”
Opening statement from head coach Brittney Ezell: “Sometimes you get really lucky to get a win and I think we’re very fortunate to get out of there with a win. I thought Western Carolina did everything they could to win the game. I’ve been on both sides of those and they are heartbreaking and it’s tough to bounce back into the overtime. I give them credit. Right off the bat in the overtime they go for an and-one. Their kids played so hard. Their coaching staff deserves all the credit in the world to keep fighting through the adversity they have. I’m proud of our resiliency. I’m proud of big moments. Erica stepping to the free throw line with .5. That’s hard to do and she wanted that opportunity. She embraced it. They made free throws down the stretch. I told them I don't understand how we score ten points in the third, 16 points in the fourth and then we score 18 points in a five-minute overtime. We can’t do this anymore, but I told them everyone has a scare and that’s our scare. We don’t lose at home and I thought the kids found a way when there seemingly wasn’t a way. I’m happy for them. They deserve it.”
ETSU continues their three-game home stand when they host Chattanooga next Saturday, February 9. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.
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