Bucs make it two wins a row to close out lengthy road swing
NORMAL, Ala. (Dec. 6, 2014) – With all five starters reaching double-figures, the ETSU women’s basketball team cruised to an 88-64 victory against the Alabama A&M Lady Bulldogs on Saturday evening inside Elmore Gym.
With the win, ETSU improves to 5-4 on the season while Alabama A&M drops to 0-7 on the year.
Looking to conclude their six-game road swing with consecutive victories, the Bucs engaged in back and forth action early on versus the Lady Bulldogs. After playing to a tie score, 12-12, with 12:23 left to play in the opening period, the Blue & Gold went on a 20-5 run over the next six minutes to take control of the half. A three-pointer from Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) with 2:33 to go in the opening period pushed ETSU’s advantage to a first half-high 19 points, 45-26. A couple of late baskets in the half from A&M brought the score to 47-32 going into halftime.
Armed with a sizable advantage, the Bucs continued the momentum to begin the second half. ETSU scored the first 10 points of the period and continued to pour it on to increase its lead to a game high 28 points, 64-36, with 16:30 left to play. Facing a large deficit, the home team refused to go away lightly; responding to a 27-point deficit with 13:25 to go with a 21-10 surge to bring the score to 78-62 with 3:40 remaining. Following the Lady Bulldogs’ rally, the Blue & Gold closed the contest with a 10-2 streak to wrap up an 88-64 win.
For the third time this season, ETSU featured five players in double-figures; led by Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) each with team highs of 16 points. In addition, Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) added 15, Bridges 14 and Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 12. To go along with their point totals, Tarter also contributed four rebounds, four assists and six steals while Clark grabbed a game and season-high 15 rebounds. For A&M, the Lady Bulldogs featured a pair of double-digit scorers led by a game-high 19 points from Brittney Strickland.
ETSU dominated A&M in the paint, 50-26, and also got out on the fast break for 17 points. As a team, the Bucs shot a blistering 55 percent from the field and also an efficient 7-of-15 from behind the three-point line. The Blue & Gold also turned the Lady Bulldogs over 16 times, resulting in 17 points, and converted 18 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points.
Meanwhile, Alabama A&M shot a sub-par 39 percent from the field and were unsuccessful from behind the arc with only 2-of-12 makes. The Lady Bulldogs did shoot a crisp 16-of-19 from the free throw line and got 16 points from their limited bench.
The Bucs will return to Brooks Gym for the first time in nearly a month when it welcomes Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
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