A roster defection, a blowout loss and an opponent setting an NCAA record didn’t leave East Tennessee State women’s basketball coach Karen Kemp in a particularly good mood on Saturday afternoon.
A couple of days after sophomore Brianna Bogard quit the team, the Lady Bucs suffered a disheartening defeat, losing 97-60 to Atlantic Sun Conference power Florida Gulf Coast at the Minidome. The Eagles broke their own NCAA record with 22 3-point baskets.
“Not a very good weekend at all,” Kemp said. “That was very disappointing.”
ETSU fell to 3-8 overall, 1-3 in the A-Sun. Dating back to last season, the Lady Bucs have lost 30 of their last 41 games.
Bogard was averaging 4.5 points in 17 minutes a game. She posted a career-high 22 in ETSU’s big win over Memphis on Nov. 30, but had scored just 11 points in seven games since.
Kemp said Bogard asked for her release to transfer to another school after practice on Thursday.
“Total shock,” Kemp said. “Everyone was kind of stunned because no one really saw it coming. She was a very important part of our team.”
Florida Gulf Coast (12-5, 5-0) made 22 of 43 shots from 3-point range, many of them uncontested. The Eagles broke the national record for 3-pointers in a game (21) they shared with New Mexico State. It was also the most 3-pointers ever made in the Dome, by a men’s or women’s team.
“We shot the ball really well today,” Florida Gulf Coast coach Karl Smesko said. “We hadn’t been shooting the ball really well. It was nice to see a lot of people hot on the same day.”
The Eagles led by as many as 45 points.
Betsy Adams came off the bench for the Eagles and scored a career-high 25 points, and she did it in 14 minutes of playing time.
Adams scored 16 points in a row for Florida Gulf Coast in the first half while her team took a 51-25 halftime lead. At one point, she had 19 points and ETSU had 18.
Adams, who averages 8.1 points a game, was coming off a scoreless effort in which she missed all seven of her 3-point shots. She went 7 for 12 from beyond the arc on Saturday.
“Betsy’s a really good shooter,” Smesko said. “She’s capable of getting hot. We did a good job, especially our point guard, once she started making a couple.”
That point guard, Brittany Kennedy, had 12 assists.
The Eagles did all of this damage despite leading scorer Sarah Hansen having an off day. She finished with 12 points, five below her average and went 1 for 6 on 3-pointers.
Anthi Chatzigiakoumi had 15 points and Joyce Iamstrong, added 12.
The Lady Bucs were led by Destiny Mitchell’s 16 points. Freshman point guard Brianna McQueen added 11 points while turning the ball over nine times.
ETSU doesn’t have much time to worry about this one. Stetson comes to the Dome on Monday night.
“We’ve got to stay positive,” Kemp said. “Got to keep them positive. With a young team, that’s really important. I have to have them feel like I have not lost faith and hope.
“Tomorrow is a new day.”