The ETSU women’s basketball team outlasted the Samford Bulldogs 64-52 on the road to improve to 11-2 in the conference. The team also gave Coach Ezell her 200th career win.
Inside the Numbers
· Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) led the Bucs with 25 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. This is now her 10th 20-or-more point performance of the season.
· Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 points and had six rebounds and two steals.
· Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) had 11 points and five rebounds and four steals.
· Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) had five points and five rebounds and three steals.
· The Bucs outrebounded the Bulldogs 42-33 and had more steals with a ratio of 16-3.
· Samford was led by Hannah Nichols who finished with 17 points and four three-pointers.
· Charity Brown had seven rebounds and seven points. Natalie Armstrong also had nine points.
· Erica Haynes-Overton started things off for the Bucs with a steal and jumper.
· Samford was scoreless for the first three minutes of play before hitting a three.
· Since their first jumper, the Bucs were scoreless for four minutes, but it ended after Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo, Miss.) drained a three.
· Tarter had back-to-back steals and layups and finished the first quarter with seven points. She moved into fifth in ETSU’s career points record after passing Siarre Evans (2007-10) with 1, 834 career points.
· Samford hit back-to-back threes to tie the score at the end of the first quarter, 17-17.
· Haynes-Overton started the scoring once again for the Bucs after being fouled and making both of her free throws.
· Raven Dean hit a jumper, followed by a layup by Tianna Tarter.
· The Bucs faced a three-minute scoring drought before Malloree Schurr ended it with a jumper.
· Samford went scoreless for two minutes before making both of their free throws and draining a three to take a 26-25 lead.
· Dean scored in back-to-back possessions to give the Bucs their lead back.
· The Bucs went on a 7-0 run.
· Samford did not score any field goals for the last three minutes of the quarter. Their only points came from free throws.
· The Bucs had a four-point lead at the half, 32-28.
· Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) gave the Bucs a basket with a hook shot, followed by a Schurr jumper.
· Points went back and forth by both teams, but following the media timeout, Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) hit a jumper and Haynes-Overton made a layup.
· Tarter had a steal and layup and was fouled on the play. She made the free throw to give the Bucs a 10-point lead.
· Raven Dean grabbed a rebound and made the layup on the put back as the buzzer went off. The Bucs led 51-40 at the end of the third quarter.
· Haynes-Overton started the fourth quarter with a jumper.
· Samford didn’t score for the first two minutes of action.
· Tarter had a jumper and free throw before the Bucs were stuck in a five and half minute scoring drought.
· The Bulldogs had back to-back threes, which led to a 9-0 run to get within five.
· Tarter was fouled and made both her free throws in two consecutive possessions to give the Bucs a nine-point lead.
· She then extended their lead with a steal and layup, as the Bucs went on a 7-0 run over 41 seconds.
· Samford had no points for the last two minutes of the quarter, but ended it with a layup as time ran out.
· The Bulldogs fouled Tarter once again and she made both free throws to give the Bucs a 64-52 win.
The Bucs conclude their regular season when they take on the Mercer Bears in Macon, Ga. this Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2:00 p.m.
“It was not anything that I would want to repeat, said head coach Brittney Ezell. “It was grinded out. It was tough. Our kids were just tough today. They had a resolve about them. They didn’t want to lose. They were good from the free throw line. We didn’t shoot it great today, but we still turned Samford over today 23 times. We got 16 offensive rebounds. We were on the glass. It wasn’t for lack of works. Sometimes the ball just won’t fall, but we got after it. Their first quarter was their best quarter and then we held them to 11, 13, and 11. I can’t say enough about our kids. They are just tough and winning on the road is tough. It’s always nice to leave with a win. That’s now a sweep of Chatt, a sweep of Furman and now a sweep of Samford. That’s big time for a team in my locker room that was picked fourth in the preseason poll.”
On her 200th win… “It’s flattering. It’s overwhelming. There’s been a lot of hands that have gone into those ball games, especially my mom and dad who were my first ever coaches. I want to do them proud, along with my college coach. I have former players here. I’ve got former teammates here. It means a lot to me. It’s definitely a team statistic. I will definitely celebrate with our kids. We’ll get some rest and roll down to Mercer. We’ll see how it goes for their senior day. They’ve had a remarkable season. They are #25 in the country. It’ll be a big test for us and a good measuring stick for us as we head into next week as the two seed.”