Women’s basketball falls to Appalachian State, 85-57
Women’s basketball falls to Appalachian State, 85-57
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ETSU sees a one-point second half lead evaporate due to a 36-7 run by ASU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 18, 2012) – The ETSU women’s basketball team battled back from trailing took a 50-49 lead with 13 minutes to play on Tuesday night at Brooks Gym, but saw the Mountaineers end the game on a 36-7 run to fall, 85-57.

The collapse could be credited to shooting 22.6 percent (7-31 FG) in the second half in response to ASU’s efficient 46.2 percent clip (18-39 FG) over the same time frame. For the game, ETSU was held, for the second straight contest, without a make from three-point land (0-14). The Mountaineers were also able to cash in from the charity stripe, shooting 94.7 percent for the game (18-19 FT) compared to the Lady Bucs’ 68.4 percent (13-19).

Though each team turned the ball over 20-plus times, Appalachian State was able to take advantage of ETSU’s mistakes with 38 points off of the Lady Bucs’ 25 turnovers. The Mountaineers also held an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Lady Bucs, 47-34 and turned 18 offensive rebounds into 21 points. ASU also held advantages in points in the paint (40-30) and fast break points (14-6).

ETSU did produce a strong performance from its bench, adding 33 points, compared to 21 for Appalachian State. Nineteen of these points came from Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga), who totaled a team-high in her debut as a Lady Buccaneer, and notched her first career double-double with 13 boards.

Leading scorer Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga) fell short of her 17.5 points per game average with only 9 points but did stuff the stat sheet with seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) also chipped in a solid eight points and four assists.

ETSU (2-4) once again got behind early for the second game in a row and watched Appalachian State (7-1) race to an 11 point lead with 7:38 left in the first half. The Lady Bucs responded with a pair of buckets from Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) to cut the ASU lead to seven.

The emergence of sophomore Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.), who has yet to see action this season, provided a huge lift for the Lady Bucs late in the second half. Burley scored six points between the 4:26 and the 2:02 mark to cut the Appalachian State lead to three.

After the Mountaineers subsequently built the lead back up to six, ETSU responded with a basket from Brianna Bogard (Georgetown, Texas) to trim the lead to three with 1:12 to go in the half. A manageable 40-36 deficit going into halftime followed.

The Lady Bucs scoring attack took a hit early in the first half with an injury to Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) at the 15:36 mark, who most recently led the team in scoring with 13 points last Thursday at LSU. In a struggle for possession of the ball, Clark fell and smacked her head against the floor, causing her to be withheld for the rest of the game.

A quick bucket in the early seconds of the second half by leading scorer Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) who was sidelined against LSU due to suffering a concussion during practice earlier in the week, put ETSU down only two with 19:28 left to play. The early portion of the first half saw each team answering one another with baskets to keep the game very tight.

A pair of layups from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga) flipped the advantage to the Lady Bucs, 50-49, with 12:59 remaining in the second half. This lead quickly evaporated, with Appalachian State going on a 36-7 run over the final 6:59 of the game, resulting in a 85-57 ETSU loss.

The ETSU women’s basketball team hits the road again for non-conference play as they travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m.

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