Dean, Tarter lead ETSU women past Murray State

JOHNSON CITY, TN- Sophomore Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) each recorded double-doubles as the ETSU women’s basketball team raced past Murray State, 79-60 on Monday night inside Brooks Gym.

“Really proud of all of them and happy for the kids, it was a nice bounce back win after a heartbreaker against Appalachian State and Northern Kentucky,” said head coach Brittney Ezell. “Coach Keisha McClinic did a great job with the scout and that was her former program so I know it meant a lot to her.”

Dean recorded 24 points and 13 rebounds to post her first career double-double. The 24 points and 13 rebounds was a career-high for the sophomore forward. She also became the first Buccaneer since Jan.14 of last season to have 10 made field goals.

Tarter earned her fourth double-double in the past two seasons as she poured in 22 points along with 13 rebounds. Tarter also dished out seven assists and was just three assists shy of having ETSU’s first triple-double. On the night, Tarter played 39 minutes going 8-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.

The Buccaneers recorded a season-high 79 points on a season-high 49.2 percent shooting from the field. ETSU was able to dominate the glass recording 50 rebounds compared to Murray State’s 30. The blue and gold continued their stifling defense from beyond the three-point line, holding the Racers to 17.9 percent from three-point range. ETSU forced Murray State to commit 16 turnovers, scoring 21 points off of Racer turnovers.

During the final 13 minutes of play the Buccaneers outscored the Racers, 32-12 en route to their largest victory since January 3 of last season against Lees-McRae. The win halts ETSU’s two-game skid and improves their overall record to 3-3.

In the first quarter, Dean implemented herself into the ETSU offense as she scored nine points including five straight midway through the quarter to give ETSU a 11-6 lead at the first media timeout. The final two minutes of the first saw Murray State go on an 11-2 run to take a 25-16 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

ETSU embarked on a 9-0 run to tie the game to begin the second quarter before Murray State countered with a 4-0 run of their own to regain the lead. The Racers took a 36-34 lead into halftime after Murray State’s Ke’Shunan James scored two of her 14 points as time expired.

The Bucs outscored the Racers, 24-14 in the third quarter including an 11-2 run to end the quarter and extended their lead to 58-50.  Tarter sparked the ETSU offense in the third scoring 11 points including six of the team’s 11 during the run to end the quarter.

Shooting a staggering 66.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, ETSU jumped out to a double-digit lead en route to the 19-point victory. The Bucs doubled the amount of points Murray State scored in the fourth, outscoring the Racers, 21-10. Playing just four minutes in the final quarter, Dean recorded nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.

The Bucs will end the month of November with a road trip to Clarksville, Tenn. to take on the Govenors of Austin Peay on Wednesday, Nov.30 at 5:15 p.m. ETSU then begins the December slate with a home contest on the third versus Davidson.

Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics

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