Brianna Bogard ended November with a game to remember.
Bogard, a sophomore point guard, came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points Friday night, leading the East Tennessee State women’s basketball team to an 83-73 victory over Memphis at the Minidome.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Bogard, who was 4 of 6 on 3-point shots. “My teammates got me the ball and the shots were just falling.”
The Lady Bucs (1-2) used a 23-0 run in the first half to take control.
Shawn Randall added 16 points, going 3 for 3 on 3-point shots, for the Lady Bucs, whose bench outscored Memphis’ 44-20.
“We were having fun,” said Randall, who had four points in ETSU’s first two games. “It means a lot, a great confidence booster for us.”
Destiny Mitchell added 14 points and 16 rebounds as ETSU out-rebounded their Conference USA foe 53-43. Amy Duke had 10 points.
Memphis, playing without two injured starters, was led by Greeneville native Nicole Dickson’s 30 points.
“We knew she was gonna get her points,” ETSU coach Karen Kemp said. “Our goal was to keep anyone else from having a career night.”
Dickson, a senior forward who was 10 for 25 from the field, wasn’t pleased with her output.
“I didn’t play particularly well,” she said. “It doesn’t really matter what one person does. It matters what the team does. And we didn’t win.”
After Memphis jumped out to a 9-2 lead — the Lady Bucs had missed seven of their first eight shots and turned the ball over four times in the first four minutes — something clicked.
Bogard entered the game and helped ETSU score the next 23 points. Suddenly, the Lady Bucs were up 25-9.
“This team, they played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion tonight,” Kemp said. “If we come out and play with that type of heart and passion, we can win a lot of ballgames.”
The Lady Bucs eventually went up 35-15 for their biggest lead of the night. Memphis (3-3) battled back to within 10 three times and got the deficit to single digits inside the final minute, but never really threatened ETSU down the stretch. ETSU made 8 of 12 shots from 3-point range.
“This was a big win for us,” Kemp said. “Not just for the Lady Buc basketball team, but even for the university as a whole. To beat a big-name school like a Memphis ... that’s why it’s so exciting to get those kinds of teams to come into the Dome and play us. We feel pretty good when we get anybody on our court.”
Pa’Sonna Hope added 13 points for the Tigers. Memphis was playing without two starters, including point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Mooriah Rowser, the team’s second-leading scorer.
“Certainly they’re impactable players,” Memphis coach Melissa McFerrin said. “You can’t take your two starting guards out of the lineup without having some effect. I doubt ETSU got together and had a pity party for us before the game.”
Up next for the Lady Bucs is a game Sunday at Morehead State.