On Nov. 28, the women’s basketball team were able to capture their third win of the season over Murray State. Up until that game the Bucs had suffered two close losses over the Thanksgiving break.
They played Appalachian State at home losing 71-68 and Northern Kentucky on the road losing 62-56. The Bucs were able to get their record back to even, beating Murray State 79-60.
With the win, the Bucs got their second win at home for the season. It was a bad start defensively for the Bucs in the first quarter, giving up 25 points while only scoring 16 points of their own.
In the second quarter, the Bucs defense locked down, only allowing 11 points from Murray State. The offense was able to get going for the Bucs as they scored 18 points in the quarter. At the end of the first half, Murray State led 36 to 34. Despite showing a low 38 percent from the field, the Bucs only allowed Murray State to shoot 40 percent from the field goal.
Neither team could get a three to fall consistently, shooting five for 23 combined from the three-point range.
Raven Dean led the Bucs in scoring and rebounding in the first half with 11 points and seven rebounds. For Murray State, Abria Gulledge led them in scoring also with 11 points. The Bucs were able to get the majority of Murray State defenders in foul trouble, causing 10 for the first half.
In the third quarter, the Bucs’ offense and defense were both clicking. The Bucs scored 24 points in the third quarter while only allowing 14 points in the quarter. Tiana Tarter scored 11 points in the quarter.
During the fourth quarter, the Bucs defense kept up their intensity, only allowing 10 points, while the ETSU offense scored 21 for the quarter. The Bucs defense was much better in the second half as Murray State only shot 31 percent from the field. The Bucs shot a high 62 percent from the field, outscoring Murray State by 21 points in the second half. During the second half, Tarter didn’t miss one shot, going six for six from the field and scoring 15 points.
Dean and Tarter were huge for the Bucs throughout the game. Dean was 10-16 from the field, scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Tarter was 8-12 from the field, scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and earning seven assist.