November 17, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
Jacksonville St.416151954
ETSU1111132055
Stats at a GlanceJSUETSU
FG Percentage.333 (20-60) .422 (19-45)
3P FG Percentage.286 (6-21) .250 (4-16)
FT Percentage.533 (8-15) .813 (13-16)
Offensive Rebounds96
Defensive Rebounds2135
Total Rebounds3041
Turnovers1020
Steals55
Bench Points1515
LeadersJSUETSU
PointsShaw - 14
Thomas - 19
ReboundsMartin - 5
Davis - 9
AssistsWilliams - 1
Thompson - 1
McCoy - 1
Davlakou - 1
Brown - 5
StealsShaw - 3
Thomas - 2
BlocksThompson - 1
Vananda - 1
Thomas - 1
Bucs hold off Gamecocks for third straight win
Bucs hold off Gamecocks for third straight win
Thursday, November 17, 2022

ETSU women’s basketball earns victory in home opener

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2022) – ETSU women’s basketball won its third straight game on Thursday in dramatic fashion, avoiding a foul with two seconds remaining to run out the clock and hold on for a 55-54 victory over Jacksonville State inside Brooks Gym.

With today’s home-opening victory, the Bucs (3-1) are on a three-game win streak for the first time since 2019. Meanwhile, Jacksonville State falls to 1-2 with the tight loss.

Tied at 35-35 heading to the final quarter and at 44-44 with under 5:00 left in the game, ETSU took the lead with a short 6-0 run. The Gamecocks never fell behind more than two possessions and had a chance to tie down 55-52 with eight ticks left.

Imari Martin was fouled while shooting behind the arc with two seconds to go, but missed the initial free throw. She sank the last two and ETSU called a timeout leading 55-54. The Bucs then inbounded on their own end to a wide open Courtney Moore (Gainesville, Fla.) and ran out the clock to secure a tight victory.

For the fourth time in four games, graduate guard Jiselle Thomas (Norwalk, Ohio) led the Bucs in scoring with 19 points on 6-15 shooting from the floor and 7-8 shooting from the line. She was assisted multiple times by Nevaeh Brown (Charlotte, N.C.) who finished with six points and five helpers. Sophomore post Jakhyia Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.) led a strong rebounding effort with nine boards.

JSU had two scorers in double-figures, led by Shawnta Shaw with 13 points.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter: JSU got off to a slow start, allowing ETSU to take an 11-4 lead through the first 10:00. The Bucs limited the opposition to just 1-14 shooting from the floor in the frame for 7.1 percent. A key basket in the quarter came on a banked-in three pointer by Meleah Kirtner (Wytheville, Va.) to extend the lead to seven.

Second Quarter: The Bucs continued to lead, but much to their chagrin, JSU ended the half with a 6-0 run to take the momentum back into the locker room. The Gamecocks trailed 22-14 with 2:13 left after a Davis layup, but made a pair of free throws on its next possession and ended the final minute with a personal 4-0 run by Nekiyah Thompson. After an ETSU foul on the offensive end with five seconds left, Thompson charged down the court and made a buzzer-beating layup to make it 22-20.

Third Quarter: True freshman Journee McDaniel (New Bern, N.C.) started the third period with a triple, but JSU erased a five-point lead with a 6-0 run over the next few minutes. The lead swapped three more times, as ETSU continued to answer with eight third quarter points from Jiselle Thomas. With the score later tied at 35-35, the teams went scoreless for the final three minutes of the frame.

Fourth Quarter: The game got tense in the closing moments, as ETSU would score and JSU would answer to keep it tied in the first five minutes of the quarter. As mentioned earlier, the Bucs pulled ahead with an important 6-0 run with 3:23 to go on two-point baskets from Kendall Folley (Lebanon, Ohio), Thomas and Brown. Brown would also make both of her free throws in the final eight seconds, extending the lead from one to three. This paid off in the end, as the one missed JSU free throw proved to be the difference.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • ETSU shot 19-45 from the floor (42.2 percent) while limiting JSU to 20-60 shooting (33.3 percent).
  • The Bucs outrebounded JSU 41-30 and did not allow the Gamecocks to score any second chance points despite nine offensive rebounds. ETSU had nine second chance points.
  • The Gamecocks forced ETSU into 20 turnovers and turned those into 17 points, while the Bucs forced 10 turnovers for just six points.
  • An evident difference maker was free throw shooting, as ETSU went 13-16 from the line. The Gamecocks were harmed by seven missed freebies.
  • The Bucs led for nearly 30 minutes of game time with their largest lead coming in the second quarter at nine points.
  • JSU led for just 2:18 of game time and never led by more than two points.
  • There were six lead changes and six times tied.
  • ETSU had its longest run in the final frame, using an 8-0 run to overcome a 44-42 deficit. JSU’s longest run completed at the second quarter buzzer (6-0).
  • The Gamecocks only had four assists and no player had more than one. Neveah Brown had five assists (more than JSU’s entire team) and the Bucs finished with 10.
  • ETSU had its best defensive quarter of the season, holding JSU to just four points in the first frame. The previous lowest was six points (three times this season).
  • The Bucs secure their first win in the all-time series with Jacksonville State. Today was the third meeting, following matchups in 2014 and 2021.

 

COMING UP NEXT

The Bucs host Morehead State on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. inside Brooks Gym to close a two-game home stand.

For more information on Buccaneer women’s hoops, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s basketball page.