JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Jan.7, 2016) – Despite an amazing performance from sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) who recorded a career-high 30 points, it wasn’t enough as the ETSU Women’s Basketball team fell in their Southern Conference opener to Furman, 81-77 on Thursday night.
A back and forth game throughout the Buccaneers and Paladins were tied with three minutes left to go in the fourth quarter before freshman Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) nailed a three-pointer from the left wing to give ETSU the lead for the first time since the late stages of the first quarter.
The Paladins answered right back with a three of their own from junior guard Whitney Bunn who poured in a team-high 25 points. In the final seconds and Furman clinging to a three-point lead, Tarter drove to the basket and put up a shot that was deflected out of bounds.
After a long official review, Furman received the ball and proceeded to make one of two free-throws to ice the game, 81-77. Both teams ended the game on fire from the field as the Bucs made six of their last eight shots while Furman made their last three.
The big three of Tarter, sophomore Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) and senior Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) each recorded double-digit points with Tarter registering a career-high 30 points. As a team the Bucs shot 47 percent from the field while outrebounding the Paladins, 36-29.
ETSU falls to 8-8 on the season and 0-1 in the SoCon. The Bucs will look for their first conference victory on Saturday when they head to Spartanburg, S.C. to challenge the Terriers of Wofford at 5 p.m.