RICHMOND, Va. — East Tennessee State’s struggles on the women’s basketball court continued Monday night.
The Lady Bucs fell to 0-6 on the season as they couldn’t overcome poor shooting, foul trouble and turnovers in a 66-39 loss to Richmond at the Robins Center. ETSU is now off to its worst start since the 1968-69 season.
In an effort to end the skid, ETSU head coach Karen Kemp tweaked the starters. Senior Gwen Washington and freshman Cara Bowling made their first starts of the season, while senior Tarita Gordon returned to the starting lineup. The trio combined for 11 points, one assist and 10 turnovers, while going 1-for-14 from the field.
Sophomore Destiny Mitchell led the Lady Bucs with a near double-double of nine points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. She came off the bench for the first time in her collegiate career, ending a 30-game streak.
ETSU was held to a season-low 23 shooting percentage (14-for-61) and point total, while going 0-for-13 from 3-point range to snap an 86-game streak with at least one 3-pointer. The Lady Bucs only had five assists and committed 24 turnovers, resulting in 22 points for the Spiders.
In the first five minutes, ETSU missed seven of eight shots, and two Lady Bucs — Tosha Austin and Amy Duke — picked up two fouls apiece. ETSU trailed by 16 at the break at 35-19. The Spiders opened the second half on a 11-4 run and led by at least 20 for most of the period.
Ten Richmond players scored, as the Spiders shot 40.3 percent (25-for-62), led by Rachel Bilney and Genevieve Okoro. Bilney scored a game-high 15 points, while Okoro had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
ETSU continues its road swing on Thursday, opening Atlantic Sun Conference play at Stetson at 11 a.m.