January 21, 20231st2nd3rd4thFinal
ETSU1022261775
Wofford112081958
Stats at a GlanceETSUWOF
FG Percentage.477 (31-65) .313 (21-67)
3P FG Percentage.375 (9-24) .357 (10-28)
FT Percentage1.000 (4-4) .600 (6-10)
Offensive Rebounds1012
Defensive Rebounds2718
Total Rebounds3730
Turnovers98
Steals53
Bench Points59
LeadersETSUWOF
PointsThomas - 23
Schultz - 13
ReboundsDavis - 12
Rose - 7
AssistsThomas - 3
Rose - 5
StealsThomas - 3
Rose - 3
BlocksMcDaniel - 1
Thomas - 1
Hatton - 3
Bucs blast Wofford with strong second half, 75-58
Bucs blast Wofford with strong second half, 75-58
Saturday, January 21, 2023

ETSU caps road swing with back-to-back wins 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 21, 2023) – A dominant third quarter made all the difference for ETSU women’s basketball in Spartanburg on Saturday, as the Bucs cruised to a 75-58 victory over the Wofford Terriers inside Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.

Down one near the halftime break, ETSU’s Nevaeh Brown (Charlotte, N.C.) gave the Blue and Gold a boost in momentum with a buzzer-beating layup to put her team up 32-31 at halftime. The flood gates opened from there, as ETSU outscored Wofford 26-8 in the third quarter and never trailed again.

The Bucs finish a successful road trip to South Carolina with back-to-back Southern Conference wins over Furman and Wofford, moving to 2-3 in SoCon play and 15-6 overall.  Meanwhile, the Terriers fall to 13-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.

ETSU is the first team this season to defeat Wofford at home. The Terriers were previously 8-0 on their own court. Additionally, today marks ETSU’s first road win over Wofford in almost exactly five years (January 20, 2018).

Graduate guard Jiselle Thomas (Norwalk, Ohio) led a group of four Bucs in double figures with a game-high 23 points, while Kendall Folley (Lebanon, Ohio) and Courtney Moore (Gainesville, Fla.) poured on some more with 17 points and 12 points, respectively.

Scoring her 500th career point in an ETSU uniform today, Jakhyia Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Her previous season-high in rebounds was nine against Jacksonville State.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter: The Bucs got off to a hot start, jumping ahead to an 8-0 run with four points and four rebounds by Jakhyia Davis in the first two minutes of action. On the other end, ETSU’s defense did not allow a score for nearly four minutes to open the contest. Right at the 1:00 mark of the quarter, Wofford took its first lead of the game at 11-10 on a go-ahead three-pointer. Davis had seven rebounds by the quarter’s end.

Second Quarter: Both teams picked up the scoring in the second quarter, as the Bucs finished 60 percent from the floor in the frame with 9-15 shooting from the floor, including 2-4 behind the arc. This resulted in 22 points for ETSU, surging ahead at the halftime buzzer thanks to a quick layup by Nevaeh Brown (Charlotte, N.C.) to turn a one-point deficit into a one-point lead. The lead changed six times in the half.

Third Quarter: ETSU had its most dominant quarter since conference play started this month, outscoring Wofford 26-8 in the third frame to take a 19-point lead. The Bucs went 11-16 from the floor for 68.8 percent while limiting the Terriers to just 4-18 shooting at 22.2 percent. Courtney Moore got hot with three triples, while Journee McDaniel (New Bern, N.C.) added one for a 4-6 shooting effort behind the arc.

Fourth Quarter: Wofford kept pace in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late with ETSU taking a 22-point lead with 8:35 remaining. Folley and Thomas each had five points in the frame to finish with nine second-half points.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • ETSU had strong shooting numbers with 31-65 shooting from the floor (47.7 percent) and 9-24 shooting behind the arc (37.5). The nine three-pointers are a new season-high against D1 opponents for ETSU.
  • After shooting just 21.7 percent in the first quarter, the Bucs finished 60 percent in the second frame, 68.8 percent in the third frame and 54.5 percent in the fourth frame.
  • The Bucs limited Wofford to 21-67 from the field 31.3 percent, including matching 22.2 percentages in the first and third quarters on 4-18 shooting.
  • The Bucs handled business in the paint with a 36-16 scoring advantage.
  • Both teams finished with less than 10 turnovers and exactly 10 points off turnovers. ETSU had a 9-8 advantage to win the turnover battle for an eighth straight game.
  • There were six lead changes Saturday — all in the first half. The final lead change came on Brown’s buzzer beater at the halftime break.
  • In the last two games, ETSU is outscoring its Palmetto State opponents by a 51-21 margin in the third quarter — a 30-point difference.
  • The Bucs improve to a 9-0 record when shooting above 40 percent.
  • ETSU — the first team to beat Wofford in Spartanburg this year — now owns a 6-1 road record. ETSU is also 9-2 away from home this season when including neutral site games.
  • Jakhyia Davis scored her 500th career point in an ETSU uniform on Saturday with six first half points. Two days ago at Furman, she had her 400th career rebound, to boot.

 

COMING UP NEXT

ETSU returns to Johnson City for two more home games next week, starting in Brooks Gym with a date against Western Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

Two days after that, ETSU will host another double header in Freedom Hall as UNCG comes to town for a 1 p.m. tip. 

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