March 02, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Stats at a GlanceUNCGETSU
FG Percentage.346 (18-52) .380 (19-50)
3P FG Percentage.222 (2-9) .217 (5-23)
FT Percentage.778 (14-18) .500 (11-22)
Offensive Rebounds1312
Defensive Rebounds2723
Total Rebounds4035
Bench Points39
PointsIje Ajemba - 14
Tianna Tarter - 17
ReboundsIje Ajemba - 14
Tianna Tarter - 5
Britney Snowden - 5
Raven Dean - 5
AssistsAlexus Willey - 1
Alexis Pitchford - 1
Te'ja Twitty - 1
Brandi Fier - 1
Tianna Tarter - 5
StealsTe'ja Twitty - 1
Erica Haynes-Overton - 2
BlocksIje Ajemba - 2
Britney Snowden - 2
Tarter’s jumper carries Bucs to SoCon Championship game
Tarter’s jumper carries Bucs to SoCon Championship game
Friday, March 2, 2018

Bucs will play Mercer for the SoCon Championship title

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 2, 2018) –  With the Bucs down by one, Tianna Tarter hit the biggest shot of the game with 23 seconds left, to give ETSU the lead to help the Bucs move on to the Southern Conference Championship. ETSU will play No. 25 ranked Mercer and the No. 1 seed in the conference this Sunday, March 4 at noon.

Inside the Numbers

  • Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) led all scorers with 17 points and had five rebounds and five assists.
  • Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and two steals. She had three three-pointers, which is now her new career-high in a single game.
  • Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) and Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) each had eight points and five rebounds.
  • ETSU’s largest deficit came in the first quarter when they were down by nine.
  • The Bucs fought back and got their largest lead of 10 in the fourth quarter.
  • UNCG’s Ija Ajemba finished with a double-double putting up 14 points and grabbing 14 boards.
  • UNCG’s Te’ja Twitty and Nadine Soliman each had 11 points as well.
  • The Bucs earned their fifth championship game appearance and second in the last four years.

 First Quarter

  • UNCG scored the first basket of the game.
  • Haynes-Overton scored the first basket for the Bucs to tie the game 2-2.
  • UNCG hit a jumper, followed by a jumper by Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) to keep the game tied.
  • UNCG made a layup, got fouled and made the foul shot.
  • Haynes-Overton tied the game with a three-pointer.
  • Both teams were scoreless for two minutes.
  • The Spartans ended their drought with a 9-0 run to take 17-9 lead.
  • Raven Dean ended a five-minute scoreless drought for the Bucs with a jumper.
  • UNCG had an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

  • Tarter grabbed a defensive rebound and drove down the court for a layup.
  • Tarter made a free throw to get the Bucs within three.
  • Tarter ended a three-minute scoring drought with a steal and layup.
  • Haynes-Overton tied the game 22-22 after draining a three.
  • Both teams were scoreless for the remaining five minutes of the quarter.
  • ETSU outscored UNCG 10-4 in the second quarter.

Third Quarter

  • Tarter started things off for the Bucs with a jumper.
  • Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) had an amazing block that Haynes-Overton grabbed and drove down the court for a layup.
  • UNCG made a layup, but Haynes-Overton drained her third three-pointer of the game, which is now her new career-high.
  • Both teams were scoreless for two minutes.
  • Haynes-Overton drove to the hoop, made the basket and was fouled. She made the free throw to give the Bucs a 32-26 lead.
  • UNCG made back-to-back jumpers.
  • Malloree Schurr made a tremendous bounce pass to Snowden in the paint. Snowden made a one-handed hook shot.
  • UNCG faced a four-minute scoring drought to end the quarter.
  • ESTU ended the third quarter with a 39-32 lead.

Fourth Quarter

  • Raven Dean was fouled and made both free throws to give the Bucs a 41-32 lead.
  • The Bucs continued to build on their lead after Tarter drove to the hoop for a layup and made the free throw on the and one. She gave the Bucs their largest lead of the game with the score sitting at 47-37.
  • ETSU was scoreless for four minutes, as UNCG went on a 7-0 run to get within four.
  • UNCG made a layup to get within two, but Tarter drained a three to pull away from the Spartans.
  • UNCG was not letting up as they got within one with free throws.
  • With 1:19 left, the Spartans went to the line and made both free throws to take a 52-51 lead.
  • The Bucs dribbled and passed around until the ball was in Tarter’s hand. She stepped back and hit the biggest jumper of the game to put the Bucs ahead 53-52.
  • Britney Snowden went to the line and made the first of two free throws with nine seconds remaining.
  • Haynes-Overton swooped in for the offensive rebound on Snowden’s second free throw.
  • Haynes-Overton was fouled and missed both free throws.
  • The Spartans’ Ajemba grabbed the rebound and UNCG called timeout with nearly five seconds left.
  • The ball was set at half court. UNCG attempted to drive to the hoop in traffic. Te’Ja Twitty’s shot spun off to the wing and time ran out on the clock and the Bucs would come away with the 54-52 win.

Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Brittney Ezell

Opening Statement:

“Wow, kind of surreal. There can be so many ups and so many downs. The one thing that remained constant was the kids in white. They pulled together and stayed together. All the credit belongs to the kids in uniform. I’m happy for them. I’m happy for ETSU. I’m happy for Johnson City. Thrilled to be back in the finals. I will enjoy our time with these kids because they are remarkable.”

On what the team has learned from previous matchups with Mercer

“They are phenomenal. They hit open shots, they play well together. They are led by upperclassmen and have done a great job. A loss isn’t a loss until you lose the lesson, and the lesson is that we have to be really really good on Sunday.”

Junior forward Raven Dean

On what makes ETSU believe in itself when the team steps on the court

“I would say we know our ability individually and as a team. We play hard. We give great effort and when we do that, we know we can be unstoppable and be one of the best teams.”

On whether it sinks in immediately or a while after the game that the team is playing in the final Sunday

“I think it’s immediately after the game. When the buzzer sounds, you just are excited for all the hard work you put in and for not giving up. When the buzzer sounds, I think it’s immediate gratification.”

Freshman guard Erica Haynes-Overton

On whether the tournament environment feels different or if it feels like just another game to her

“No, I’m used to this environment. I’m built for it. I have the perfect teammates and coaches to help me and prepare me.”

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