January 26, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
ETSU911111041
Mercer144212564
Stats at a GlanceETSUMER
FG Percentage.280 (14-50) .409 (27-66)
3P FG Percentage.182 (2-11) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.688 (11-16) .571 (4-7)
Offensive Rebounds1016
Defensive Rebounds2529
Total Rebounds3545
Turnovers1613
Steals65
Bench Points189
LeadersETSUMER
PointsErica Haynes-Overton - 12
Shannon Titus - 17
ReboundsBritney Snowden - 7
Amanda Thompson - 12
Shannon Titus - 12
AssistsErica Haynes-Overton - 3
Linnea Rosendal - 4
StealsKaia Upton - 2
Shannon Titus - 3
BlocksKaia Upton - 1
E'Lease Stafford - 1
Shannon Titus - 3
ETSU has strong first half, but drops road contest at Mercer
ETSU has strong first half, but drops road contest at Mercer
Saturday, January 26, 2019

MACON, Ga. (Jan. 26, 2019) – After a strong first half, the ETSU women’s basketball team fell to the Mercer Bears 64-41 on Saturday afternoon inside the Hawkins Arena.  The Bears remain unbeaten and move to 5-0, as the Bucs fall to 2-3. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) led the Bucs with 12 points, three assists, and three rebounds. She had double digit points in the last four games.
  • Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) had seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
  • Lexus Spears (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Shynia Jackson (Warner Robins, Ga.) each had five rebounds. Jackson also made her second career three-pointer.
  • ETSU’s bench outscored Mercer’s bench, 18-9. The Bucs also scored 20 of their points in the paint.
  • ETSU shot 100 percent from the free throw line in the second half.
  • Mercer was led by Shannon Titus and Amanda Thompson who each had double-doubles. Linnea Rosendal also finished with 15 points.
  • Mercer shot 41 percent from the field.

FIRST QUARTER

Mercer started things off with a jumper, but Haynes-Overton would tie the game with a jumper. ETSU suffered a four minutes scoring drought, as Mercer would go ahead 7-2. Dean ended the drought with a layup after Haynes-Overton fed her a great pass. Back-to-back baskets by Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Spears would put the Bucs within one. Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) tied the game at nine with a free throw, but Mercer drained a three and a jumper to end the first quarter with a 14-9 lead.

SECOND QUARTER

Both teams were scoreless for the first two minutes of action. Snowden’s layup and free throw helped ETSU pull within three, as Mercer was scoreless for four minutes. Spears grabbed a rebound and put up a layup and got the Bucs within one. Mercer ended their drought with a jumper, but freshman Shynia Jackson came up big with her second career three-pointer to tie the game at 18. Snowden gave ETSU the lead with her put back and ETSU would have a 20-18 lead at the half. The Bucs scored 11 points and held the Bears to just four points in the second quarter. ETSU held Mercer to a 16.7 shooting percentage.

THIRD QUARTER

Mercer scored the first six points of the quarter to take a 24-20 lead. Snowden and Haynes-Overton each made layups to keep the Bucs within two. Mercer started to heat up and went on a 7-0 run, taking a 35-26 lead. Haynes-Overton ended a three-minute scoring drought after draining a three. She would help the Bucs pull within five with a jumper, but Mercer hit a three at the buzzer to lead 39-31.  

FOURTH QUARTER

The Bears had a 11-0 run to begin the quarter to go ahead 50-31. Tipps and Kaia Upton (Nashville, Tenn.) each scored layups for the Bucs, but Mercer had another 9-0 run. Scheetz made four free throws in a row, but Mercer would win 64-41.

POST-GAME QUOTES

“This is what people need to understand and what our kids need to understand,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “Those are my kids. We believe in them. They’re going through something rough. They’re learning. It wasn’t good today by any stretch, but they’re mine. We’re going to keep fighting for them and they’re going to get it right. I promise. Right now it’s just tough. My heart breaks for them and for the people that support them and watch. I’m emotional, but gosh we’re just still 2-3 and we’ve got three home games coming up, so hang on.”

NEXT UP

ETSU returns to Johnson City and will host UNCG on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. For every ticket sold, one dollar will be donated to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

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