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Stats at a GlanceETSUCSU
FG Percentage.306 (22-72) .396 (21-53)
3P FG Percentage.167 (4-24) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.667 (6-9) .732 (30-41)
Offensive Rebounds186
Defensive Rebounds3134
Total Rebounds4940
Bench Points3120
PointsGriffin - 13
Leo - 24
ReboundsTEAM - 10
Gradwell - 8
AssistsRoberts - 4
Upton - 4
Leo - 4
StealsHooks - 2
Moore - 4
BlocksHooks - 1
Burdick - 1
Griffin - 1
Leo - 1
Dumas - 1
Bucs Drop Season Opener in Coach Harris Era
Bucs Drop Season Opener in Coach Harris Era
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

ETSU drops decision at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Nov. 9, 2021) – The ETSU Women’s Basketball season opened with a tough loss at Cleveland State on Tuesday as the Bucs dropped an 81-54 decision to the Vikings. ETSU was led in scoring by Damiah Griffin (Memphis, Tenn.) with 13 points, while Jaila Roberts (Pensacola, Fla.) chipped in for 11 points.

The Vikings went to the charity stripe a grand total of 41 times, finishing the game 30-of-41 from the free throw line for .732 percent. The Bucs finished just 6-of-9 from the line in the season opener for .667 percent.

Jaila Roberts finished the game with a broad stat sheet, pouring in 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Roberts capped off the game 4-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe.

The Vikings jumped out to an 11-2 advantage with Kaia Upton (Nashville, Tenn.) accounting for the Bucs’ first basket of the season. The Bucs were able to pull within two points, outscoring Cleveland State 12-5 over the next five minutes, trimming the deficit to 16-14. Griffin totaled seven of those 12 points for the Blue & Gold during the five-minute run.

The Vikings stretched their advantage back to six points heading into the second quarter. ETSU’s Demi Burdick (Marshall, Ill.) scored the first bucket of the second quarter at the 6:49 mark. ETSU kicked off the second quarter with another 12-5 run, seven minutes into the frame, taking its first and only lead of the game at 26-25. The Vikings responded with a 7-3 advantage over the last three minutes to take the 32-29 advantage at the break.

The second half belonged to the Vikings, carrying the second-quarter momentum into the last 20 minutes of play, outscoring ETSU 49-25 in the third and fourth quarter combined. Cleveland State extended its lead to double digits two minutes into the third quarter and did not look back, running away from the Bucs in the season-opening contest.


  • The Bucs finished the season opener 22-of-72 (.306) from the field, while the Vikings finished 21-of-53 (.396) from the floor.
  • ETSU opened the season 4-of-24 (.167) from downtown, while Cleveland State connected on 9-of-21 (.429) from beyond the arc.
  • Despite the loss, the Bucs outrebounded the Vikings 49-40, including earning 18 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points.
  • The Blue & Gold bench outscored Cleveland State’s reserves, 31-20.
  • Eight different Buccaneers scored tonight, led by Griffin (13) and Roberts (11) – both Carly Hooks (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jamir Huston (Cleveland, Ohio) each concluded the game with eight points and seven boards.
  • The Vikings had four players in double figures, led by Destiny Leo with 24 points, including 5-of-7 from downtown.
  • The 81 points by Cleveland State is the most that ETSU has surrendered since allowing 81 points to Vanderbilt in an 81-61 loss on Dec. 8, 2020.


  • ETSU: 0-1
  • Cleveland State: 1-0

The Bucs will attempt to pick up the first win in the Simon Harris Era on Thursday at Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ohio. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.

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