The Bucs are off to a 2-0 start in Southern Conference play and are now above .500 with a 9-8 record.
“I’m really proud of the way we grinded it out,” said ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell. “I found this game to be very physical. The fouls didn’t reflect that. Our kids had to play through a lot of contact, but I think they prefer that considering our non-conference schedule had some very physical matchups. The non-conference schedule prepares us for games like this.”
A game of runs
After falling behind 7-2 early in the first quarter, the Bucs sparked a 16-0 run over a seven-minute period to take a commanding 18-7 lead near the end of the quarter. UNCG would chip away at the ETSU lead in the second period, ending the half on a 7-0 run to pull within two points, 32-30.
After a back-and-forth third quarter, ETSU made a 7-0 spurt early in the fourth to pull ahead to a 52-43 lead. The Bucs would not look back, remaining steady en route to victory.
ETSU sank five three-point shots on the day, with four of those coming via daggers from graduate student Shy Copney. The Johnson City native finished the day with 16 points, with her final three-pointer perhaps sealing the victory at the 1:21 mark in the fourth quarter. The other three came from Tianna Tarter, who totaled 10 points.
Copney was three points shy of her previous season-high, where she scored 19 points against Murray State back in late November.
Size doesn’t matter
Recording her second career double-double, 5-foot-5 freshman guard Erica Haynes-Overton finished the night with a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with 13 points and five assists. The 10 rebounds were Haynes-Overton’s career high, surpassing her previous high of eight.
Each team duplicated efforts on the boards, as both ETSU and UNCG pulled in 37 rebounds each, including 14 offensive rebounds for both sides.
The Bucs will look to end a six-game home stand on a high note as they face in-state rival Chattanooga Jan. 12 inside Brooks Gym. Tipoff Friday night is set for 7.
So far, ETSU is 6-2 inside Brooks Gym and have won the last three games at home.