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East Tennessee State women breeze to SoCon win

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 3, 2018 at 9:31 PM

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Harboring just a one-game lead for second place in the Southern Conference, East Tennessee State couldn’t afford to take last-place Western Carolina lightly.

Showing they meant business, the Bucs flattened the Catamounts 76-46 Saturday in a women’s basketball game at Ramsey Center.

“I’m really pleased with the bounce back after a disappointing effort shown on Thursday (loss at UNC-Greensboro),” said ETSU coach Brittney Ezell. “We showed a lot of resiliency and that’s something we’ve done a couple times after conference losses.”

Senior Tianna Tarter served as the driving force for ETSU (14-10, 7-2)), going 9 of 14 from the field in a 23-point flourish. Moreover, she hit four of her eight 3-point attempts, handed out eight assists and recorded three steals.

Malloree Schurr stepped up her game in the form of a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double and Shy Copney came off the bench to pitch in 12 points. Schurr, a senior, set a career high with her point total.

Other noteworthy performances for ETSU were turned in by Sadasia Tipps (9 points, 10 rebounds) and Britney Snowden (9 points, 8 rebounds).

“I thought Malloree was really assertive today and we needed that from her to step up,” Ezell said. “Tianna was back to her normal self today. Brittney Snowden was phenemonal. Alayjah (Sherer) was really good. I thought Sadasia was good. I could go up and down the list and say good things about everybody.

“I’m really pleased with the overall effort. Now we’ll get a couple of days off before we head to Chattanooga. I’m really excited about being home and feel good about being 7-2 right now.”

The Bucs shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-58), converting 42.9 percent of their tries from 3-point range.

In comparison, Western Carolina (4-20, 0-9) hit 34.6 percent (18-52) of its shots and went only 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) beyond the arc.

Reserve Tess Harris was the lone Lady Catamount in double figures, scoring 11. Julia Brown coupled nine points with nine rebounds.

The Cats kept the game close for a quarter (18-14 ETSU), but the Bucs dominated the second and third periods — outscoring Western 42-17.

ETSU stayed one game ahead of Chattanooga in the league standings.

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