Serena Clark scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but couldn't save the Lady Bucs against Morehead State.
The uphill battle was eventually too much for the East Tennessee State women to overcome.
Lady Bucs battled back from eight-point deficits twice in the first
half and twice in the second half to tie, but playing from behind
finally caught up to them in a 77-69 loss to Morehead State on Thursday
evening at Freedom Hall Civic Center.
“I think a lot of it had to do
with being off for nine days and being out of rhythm,” ETSU head coach
Brittney Ezell said. “At the start of the game, I couldn’t find a group I
was comfortable with and with their cohesion. You have to credit
Morehead State. They’re hard to guard with the flare screens and basket
cuts. If you don’t stay in position, you’re going to get caught.”
Robinson caught the Lady Bucs with their guard down the most in a
20-point effort. Shanice Parker and Aimesha Jones each added 14 points
for the Lady Eagles.
Morehead State improved to 4-2, while ETSU fell to 1-2 with the loss.
Lady Bucs actually outscored the Lady Eagles 36-24 in the paint, but it
was on the perimeter where ETSU suffered the most damage.
connected on 11 of 25 shots behind the 3-point line, and many of their
opportunities in the early going came off turnovers. For the game, the
Lady Eagles committed just seven turnovers and outscored ETSU 24-11 in
points off turnovers.
No matter what defense the Lady Bucs tried,
they were never able to stop the Lady Eagles from getting open looks at
the basket. Morehead made 44 percent of its attempts behind the arc.
almost sent one of the assistants back to the locker room to get a book
to see if we could come up with anything else,” Ezell said. “We threw
everything at them but the kitchen sink, and they still kept making
baskets. I was disappointed on how we competed at times. I thought we
showed some resiliency to fight back, but it wears on you to have to
keep fighting back. We just couldn’t get over that hump one more time.”
Christopher was a bright spot for the Lady Bucs. The 5-foot-8 sophomore
guard from Greeneville led the team with 15 points, hitting 6 of 11
from the field. While it was just two points off her career-high, the
loss dulled the shine off her performance.
“I enjoy playing and I
enjoy helping my team win,” Christopher said. “I’m a role player and I
do what my team needs me to do. If we’re not winning, I could have a
triple-double and I wouldn’t be happy.”
Serena Clark ended with a
double-double with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Brianna
McQueen also finished with a dozen points to go along with six assists
for the Lady Bucs.
Clark echoed her coach’s sentiments that constantly playing from behind led to the final outcome.
very difficult, very hard to always play catch-up,” Clark said. “We
just have to start with better energy where we’re not behind. When we
would get even with them, it was like, ‘We’re good.’ We can’t let up. We
have to keep putting on them at that point, stay focused and finish the
ETSU will look for a better result in another home venue
outside the Mini Dome on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Bucs will host Saint
Francis at Brooks Gym in a game scheduled to tip-off at 1:30 p.m.