In a women’s college basketball game Saturday at Brooks Gym, the Terriers ran away from the Buccaneers for a 76-47 win in Southern Conference action.
“You coach long enough, you have these days,” said ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell. “There’s not much you can do to stop it sometimes. I felt helpless. I tried calling different things and changing different things. It was just not our day.
“The onus of that is mine and the responsibility falls on me to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Take nothing away from Wofford. (The Terriers) are picked at the top of the league for a reason.”
ETSU, which never led in the game, lost for the fourth time in its last five outings and fell to 6-12 overall. The Bucs are 1-2 in league play.
Wofford (2-1 in the SoCon) improved its overall record to 9-9.
STRETCHING IT OUT
Wofford took control early, scoring the last eight points of the first quarter for a 20-7 edge. The Terriers’ lead grew to 28-11 before ETSU got its footing.
The Bucs were unable to cut the deficit to single digits, and Wofford carried a 37-25 lead into halftime.
Wofford got off to a quick start, scoring the first six points of the third period for an 18-point lead. It didn’t get any better for the Bucs, who scored just five points in the period.
Meanwhile, Wofford remained steady with its offensive production and took a 57-30 advantage into the fourth quarter.
“There’s a lack of consistency,” said Ezell. “We talk about it all the time. If you want to be taken seriously, be consistent. That’s where we are right now. We’re just not consistent.”
Wofford hurt ETSU by forcing turnovers. ETSU had 25 turnovers and the Terriers converted those miscues into 26 points.
By comparison, Wofford had 12 turnovers and the Bucs turned that into only six points.
ETSU got productive games from Micah Sheetz and Tijuana Kimbro. Sheetz finished with 14 points and six rebounds while Kimbro totaled 10 points.
Wofford was led by Chloe Wanink, who had 15 points. Teammate Jamari McDavid added 13 points.
ETSU travels to play Mercer as part of a two-game road trip. The Bucs will play the Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday. ETSU visits Samford on Saturday.
“We have two big games next week,” said Ezell. “Not a whole lot of time to feel sorry for myself, and the kids don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves. So we’ll move on.”