Behind a strong showing from Britney Snowden, ETSU knocked off UNC Greensboro 72-67 on Saturday in a Southern Conference women’s basketball clash — giving the Bucs two straight road wins after they failed to win any of their previous games away from Johnson City.
Hitting the double-digit mark for victories, the Bucs (10-20, 8-6 SoCon) will enter the league tournament on a three-game winning streak.
“Like I told them coming into the game, we have to be playing our best basketball going into the tournament and I think we are,” said ETSU coach Brittney Ezell.
Snowden spearheaded ETSU’s effort by coupling a career-high 20 points with 11 rebounds, recording her fourth double-double of the season. A turnover-free Erica Haynes-Overton finished with 19 points and three assists.
Micah Scheetz contributed 11 points — including three 3-pointers — five rebounds and three steals to the victory. Kaia Upton had seven points and six rebounds while Lexus Spears (6 points) sank all three of her shots.
ETSU generated 38 points in the paint and shot 43 percent from the field.
The Lady Spartans (11-18, 5-9) were led by Nadine Soliman, who finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds. She went 7 of 7 from the charity stripe.
Alexis Pitchford also finished in double figures with 10 points.
The Bucs built on a 38-32 halftime advantage to carry an 11-point lead (59-48) into the fourth quarter. UNCG narrowed the gap to four before Haynes-Overton and Spears sank jumpers for a 65-57 game and enough of a cushion for the final 4:54.
Seeded fourth for the SoCon tournament, the Bucs will play fifth-seeded Wofford in Thursday’s quarterfinal action. Tip-off is set for 1:15 p.m. inside Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center.