March 04, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Stats at a GlanceETSUMER
FG Percentage.423 (22-52) .453 (24-53)
3P FG Percentage.111 (2-18) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.583 (7-12) .750 (15-20)
Offensive Rebounds810
Defensive Rebounds2023
Total Rebounds2833
Bench Points1416
PointsErica Haynes-Overton - 12
Kahlia Lawrence - 29
ReboundsRaven Dean - 8
Amanda Thompson - 11
AssistsTianna Tarter - 5
Sydni Means - 6
StealsMalloree Schurr - 2
Jada Craig - 2
Raven Dean - 2
Amanda Thompson - 5
BlocksSadasia Tipps - 2
Rachel Selph - 2
ETSU falls to No. 25 Mercer in SoCon Championship
ETSU falls to No. 25 Mercer in SoCon Championship
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Haynes-Overton and Tarter named to All-Tournament First Team

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 2018) –  The ETSU women’s basketball team fell to No. 25 ranked Mercer Bears in the Southern Conference Championship game. The Bucs fell 68-53 to end their season 20-12, as Mercer finished their season with an overall record of 30-2. Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) and Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) were named to the All-Tournament First Team.

Inside the Numbers

  • Three Bucs scored in double figures.
  • Erica Haynes-Overton scored a team-high of 12 points.
  • Tianna Tarter and Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) each scored ten points apiece and had three rebounds.
  • Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) had the team high of eight rebounds and had five points.
  • ETSU outscored Mercer 34-22 in the paint and 11 fast break points.
  • Mercer’s Kahlia Lawrence scored the game high of 29 points. Alex Williams had 14 points and KeKe Calloway scored 11. Amanda Thompson was just short of a double-double with 11 rebounds and nine points.

First Quarter

  • Mercer scored the first basket of the game, but Haynes-Overton quickly tied it with a jumper of her own.
  • Mercer had back-to-back points before Tarter made a tremendous pass to Tipps in the paint and she would score on a layup.
  • Tarter had a jumper, but Lawrence and Calloway drained back-to-back threes to give the Bears a 13-6 lead.
  • The Bucs went on an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game, while Mercer faced a five-minute scoring drought
  • The run came from layups by Tarter and Jada Craig.
  • Raven Dean gave the Bucs the go-ahead points with a jumper.
  • Mercer tied the game 14-14 with a free throw to end the first quarter.

Second Quarter

  • Mercer’s Lawrence started the second quarter with a layup, but Haynes-Overton kept the game even with a jumper.
  • Both teams were scoreless for two minutes.
  • Lawrence ended the Bears’ drought with a three, but Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) ended the Bucs’ drought with a jumper with the score sitting at 19-18.
  • Mercer made all four free throw attempts and Raven Dean put the Bucs within two after she drove hard to the hoop.
  • The Bucs faced a three-minute scoring drought, as Mercer went on an 8-0 run to gain a 10-point lead.
  • Tarter made a quick pass to Copney for the fast break layup.
  • A layup and an and-one by Lawrence gave the Bears a 10-lead heading into the half.

Third Quarter

  • Jada Craig (Winston-Salem, N.C.) started things off after she grabbed a steal.
  • Sadasia Tipps was fouled and made both free throws, but Mercer kept going at it with back-to-back layups.
  • ETSU would not give up, as Tarter drove to the hoop and Copney hit a three to get ETSU within eight.
  • Haynes-Overton continued to battle and made a layup to put the Bucs within six, 39-33.
  • The Bucs were scoreless, as Mercer’s Lawrence continued to give the Bears points.
  • Sadasia Tipps went up for a layup and was fouled. The basket was good and she made the free throw to put the Bucs back within 10.
  • ETSU and Mercer had back-to-back possessions, but Mercer would take the 54-41 lead to head into the final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Tarter had a layup to begin the fourth quarter.
  • Mercer had back-to-back points, but Haynes-Overton made a layup for the Bucs.
  • Sadasia Tipps had her second and-one of the day.
  • Tarter ended a three-minute scoring drought for ETSU with a layup.
  • Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) drained a three, but Mercer’s lead was too much, as they would come away with the 68-53 win.

Up Next

  • ETSU has qualified for the WNIT. They await to find out their seed and who they will play.

Post-Game Quotes

Coach Brittney Ezell
Opening statement
“It was a tough game on a bunch of different fronts. I am proud of the way our kids fought. I am proud of their resiliency the entire tournament. Lots of things could have gone a different way, but they did not [allow it to]. Congratulations to Mercer. To go 30-2 on the season is great and 14-0 in the league. Congratulations, and I hope they do well in the tournament.”

On the toughness of the team
“We outscored them in the paint 34-22. We had a lull in the second half that ended up being the difference in the game aside from the free throws. We did a good job [with going in the paint], but our outside shots were not falling. We were just four or five minutes away.” 

On the senior class
“This senior class played in two conference title games, and there are not a lot of players who can say they played in one. There are a bunch of players in our league that will never play in one. Our seniors played in two [title games] and took on two really tough teams. This is not the end of their story. They have some games to play [in the WNIT].”

Senior Malloree Schurr
On the team and playing in the WNIT
“This team is like family to me. As many opportunities as we get, we will take them. But it still hurts to lose.”

On fighting until the end
“When there was four minutes left, we were in the huddle and we all believed we could still come back. We never thought twice about it. We thought we could come back the whole time. We never gave up, but it did not come out the way we wanted it to.”

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