First half struggles doom Bucs on Sunday in Brooks Gym
Junior guard Cara Bowling recorded a career-high 22 points in a 92-79 loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.
First half struggles doom Bucs on Sunday in Brooks Gym
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bowling notches a career-high 22 points; Clark with her third-consecutive double-double

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 24, 2013) – A 13-point halftime deficit against the fast-paced Saint Francis Red Flash and a 40-point offensive explosion from SFU’s Alli Williams proved to be too much for the ETSU women’s basketball team to overcome as it dropped a 92-79 decision on Sunday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.

With the loss, ETSU drops to 1-3 to begin the season, while the Red Flash picks up its first win of the 2013-14 campaign.

In the first meeting between the two teams since 1996, the Bucs played well out the gate and built their advantage up to seven points, 13-6, with 14 minutes remaining in the half. SFU responded by continuing to speed up the tempo and rallied with a 14-6 run over the next five minutes to take the lead, 20-19, with 9:01 left in the half. Through the duration of the period, the Bucs struggled with the Red Flash full-court pressure while Saint Francis cashed in on these caused miscues. Poor shooting by ETSU also continued to plague the Blue and Gold as SFU increased its lead to 13, 43-30, at the break.

In the second half, ETSU stuck to its penchant of turning the ball over but made up for the turnovers by finally beginning to knock down some shots. The increased offensive efficiency in the period was negated by the continued impressive offensive performance put on by Saint Francis’ Alli Williams who after scoring 21 points in the first, kept the display going with 19 in the second period. Statistically speaking, the Bucs played even with the Red Flash in the half but the 13-point halftime hole proved to be too deep to climb out of as SFU knocked off the Bucs, 92-79.

For Saint Francis, aside from Williams’ 40-point offensive explosion, the Red Flash featured only one additional double-figure scorer in Erin Blaine who added 12 points and five rebounds. Seven other players did make it into the scoring column for SFU but Williams’ performance proved to be the story of the game on offense for the Red Flash.

Meanwhile, the Bucs got a team and career-high 22 points from Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) including four makes from behind the arc. Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) notched her third-straight double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds. Bowling and Clark were joined in double-figures by Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) who recorded 12 points, while Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) tallied 11 points.

The Red Flash shot a standard 49 percent from the field but did so with 13 more shot attempts than ETSU. SFU shot a poor 26 percent from three but did knock down 68 percent (13-of-19) of its free throws. Saint Francis held large advantages over the Bucs in bench points (35-22) and second-chance points (27-15) and controlled the tempo throughout the game.

ETSU struggled to find the bottom of the net, shooting only 39 percent for the game. The Blue and Gold also struggled from deep for the second-consecutive game but did convert on 75 percent of its chances at the charity stripe (27-of-36). The Bucs were also able to turn 19 SFU turnovers into 21 ETSU points while also getting out on the break for 17 fast break points.

The Blue and Gold will have some time off over the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to Brooks Gym on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. to face the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

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