KENNESAW, Ga. — A major scoring drought only slowed the East Tennessee State women’s basketball team.
The Lady Bucs went scoreless for more than eight minutes in the second half Saturday, yet rallied for a 61-59 victory over Kennesaw State.
Destiny Mitchell had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Shawn Randall also had 18 points, including a pair of back-breaking 3-pointers near the end as ETSU improved to 4-9 overall, 2-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
“It feels good to get a win like this,” said Mitchell, who made 8 of 14 shots from the field. “We didn’t give up on ourselves. We’re just coming back into it. We’ll be alright now.”
None of Mitchell’s 10 rebounds was a big as her last. After Kennesaw’s Kristina Wells drove the length of the court and missed a game-tying layup in traffic, Mitchell snatched the ball out of the air, going to the ground in a heap with a couple of Kennesaw State players as the buzzer sounded.
“I had to get that one,” she said. “They couldn’t get the rebound and put it back up. I had to get that rebound and help my team win.”
Randall helped the Lady Bucs climb out of a 13-point deficit by draining back-to-back 3-pointers. ETSU eventually took the lead for good at 56-55 when Brianna McQueen scored inside with 2:11 left.
The comeback was necessitated by a dry spell in which the Lady Bucs went scoreless for 8:02. It allowed the Owls (4-14, 0-6) to stretch a 36-32 halftime lead to 49-36.
“As I tell them, this game is a game of runs,” ETSU coach Karen Kemp said. “We knew they were gonna come back on their home floor. It would have been easy for us to hang our heads but we didn’t.
“We fought and we fought and Shawn Randall hit two really big threes, and that’s the Destiny we know. It’s all about her confidence.”
Maria Bond finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for ETSU. Serena Clark had 11 rebounds. ETSU out-rebounded Kennesaw State 47-32. The Lady Bucs had 24 offensive rebounds that they turned into 24 second-chance points.
Wells led Kennesaw State with 19 points and six assists. Sametria Gideon added 13 points and Chantel Kennedy had 12.
The Lady Bucs play at Mercer on Monday afternoon.