February 23, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Samford12982150
ETSU1322201671
Stats at a GlanceSAMETSU
FG Percentage.358 (19-53) .431 (28-65)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .211 (4-19)
FT Percentage.857 (6-7) .786 (11-14)
Offensive Rebounds412
Defensive Rebounds2631
Total Rebounds3043
Turnovers1511
Steals210
Bench Points1122
LeadersSAMETSU
PointsShauntai Battle - 17
Erica Haynes-Overton - 16
Britney Snowden - 16
ReboundsShauntai Battle - 7
Raven Dean - 8
AssistsTa'Naisha Hill - 3
Kaia Upton - 5
StealsTa'Naisha Hill - 1
Makaila Woolard - 1
Erica Haynes-Overton - 6
BlocksSamantha Fitzgerald - 4
Britney Snowden - 2
Seniors shine in 71-50 win over Samford on Senior Day
Seniors shine in 71-50 win over Samford on Senior Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 23, 2019) – After two close heartbreaking losses in overtime, the ETSU women’s basketball team bounced back to defeat Samford 71-50 on Senior Day in Brooks Gym. Prior to the game, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored all the seniors that played in today’s game.  For ETSU; Lexus Spears, Britney Snowden, Raven Dean, and Sadasia Tipps and for Samford; Cassidy Williams.

ETSU improves to 8-20, 6-6 in the SoCon, while Samford falls to 9-18, 4-8 in the SoCon.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • ETSU had four players finish in double figures, which is the third time this season.
  • Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) each finished with 16 points. Haynes-Overton also had seven rebounds and six steals. Snowden had four rebounds and two steals.
  • Micah Scheetz (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
  • Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) was shy of a double-double with ten points and eight rebounds.
  • Senior Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) had two points and three rebounds. Graduate transfer Lexus Spears (Jacksonville, Fla.) had five points and four rebounds.
  • ETSU outrebounded Samford 43-30 and outscored them in the paint 52-24.
  • The Bucs held the Bulldogs to 36 percent throughout the game.
  • The Bucs scored 20 points on the fast break and 20 points off turnovers.
  • Samford’s Shauntai Battle led the Bulldogs with 17 points and seven rebounds. Cassidy Williams also finished in double figures with ten. 

FIRST QUARTER

Spears made a free throw to score the first point of the game. Samford was scoreless for the first three minutes of play before going on an 8-0 run to take an 8-1 lead. Snowden and Haynes-Overton were dominant for the Bucs, going on an 8-0 run, as Samford suffered a three-minute drought. Haynes-Overton had back-to-back steals and scores, while Snowden had a steal and basket to give ETSU a 13-12 lead to end the quarter. Snowden finished the quarter with eight points and went a perfect 4-4 in field goals.

SECOND QUARTER

Dean started things off with an and-one, extending the Bucs’ lead to 16-12. Samford made a layup before ETSU started to heat up. Snowden grabbed an offensive rebound, passing to Upton to give ETSU a five-point lead, which would start a 12-0 run over three minutes. Haynes-Overton’s free throws would eventually give ETSU a 15-point lead. Samford made a layup to end their five-minute drought, but the Bucs were relentless. ETSU shot 47 percent from the field and outscored Samford 22-9 in the quarter. Haynes-Overton had 14 points and four steals at the half, while Snowden had nine points and two steals.

THIRD QUARTER

Snowden continued to shine, quickly getting an and-one within ten seconds of play. Upton and Haynes-Overton had back-to-back points, extending the Bucs’ lead to 42-21. Samford had a 6-0 run, but that wouldn’t phase the Bucs, as Scheetz scored six straight points on an and-one attempt and a three. Samford made one last layup before going scoreless for three minutes. Dean drained a three and had a layup to give ETSU a 55-29 lead. The Bucs shot 50 percent from the field, holding Samford to 25 percent and outscoring the Bulldogs 20-8.

FOURTH QUARTER

Samford had an 8-0 run to begin the quarter, cutting their deficit to 20. Samford made back-to-back three-pointers before going scoreless for five minutes. ETSU had a 6-0 run with Snowden’s free throws and two straight layups by Spears. The rest of the quarter would be a game of three’s. Samford ended their drought with a three, but freshman Shynia Jackson (Warner Robins, Ga.) came hot off the bench swishing her third collegiate three. Samford would make one last triple, but ETSU would come up big with a 71-50 win. 

POST-GAME QUOTES

“Today was about these four seniors,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “Two that have been here for four years. Britney has been here for two and Lexus has come in for her last year. It’s really an awesome opportunity to honor them and celebrate them for everything they’ve done for our program, not just on the basketball floor, but who they are as people. To be able to have a win like that on their day is something they’ll always remember. The fans were phenomenal. It was a great crowd again. Their teammates really sold out for them today. These four came ready to play and lead from the get go. To be able to put four posts on the floor to start the game is a testament to their willingness to work on the defensive end. I thought that’s where the game was won, on the defensive end.”

NEXT UP

ETSU concludes the regular season on the road when they take on Western Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. followed by UNCG on Saturday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

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