Lady Bucs win sixth straight with a 60-48 victory over Gardner-Webb
Published 9:23 am Thursday, December 21, 2023
ETSU improves to 10-3 with Wednesday’s win
JOHNSON CITY – The ETSU women’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive game as it defeated Gardner-Webb at Freedom Hall, 60-48, on Wednesday. With Wednesday’s victory, the Buccaneers are now 10-3 on the season.
Nevaeh Brown led the charge for the Bucs netting a career-high 25 points on a 9-for-14 effort from the field. Brown, who went 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the contest, added three rebounds and two assists as well to help fuel ETSU’s sixth win in a row. Jakhyia Davis also finished the night in double figures with 12 points to go with seven rebounds.
The Buccaneers came out of the gates swinging on Wednesday. ETSU scored 27 points and knocked down four 3-pointers in the opening 10 minutes. Brown scored 13 of her 25 points in the opening stanza and capped the quarter off with a made shot from beyond the arc. With Brown and the rest of the Bucs clicking so well, ETSU led Gardner-Webb by 16 points after one quarter, 27-11.
Gardner-Webb mounted a stellar comeback in the second quarter. GWU knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and was aided by nine second-chance points. ETSU, meanwhile, had issues getting shots to drop in the second as it finished a collective 1-for-10 from the field. With the Bucs’ cold shooting and improved offense, Gardner-Webb closed the gap to five points, 33-28, going to halftime.
GWU continued its comeback quest as the second half began. At first, ETSU built its lead back out to nine points before the Runnin’ Bulldogs got within one point of the Bucs, 39-38, with 4:08 to go in the third quarter. With their lead in jeopardy, the Buccaneers did not allow Gardner-Webb to score over the final four-plus minutes and held a five-point lead, 43-38, heading to the fourth quarter.
ETSU’s advantage remained between three and seven points for the bulk of the final quarter. A made layup from Gardner-Webb got it within three, 47-44, with 6:34 to go in regulation. However, the Buccaneers were able to stay in front thanks in large part to its work from the free throw line. In the fourth quarter alone, ETSU went 9-for-12 from the line after going 4-for-6 in the first three quarter combined. The productivity from the line was enough for the Bucs to finish off their sixth straight win, 60-48. It marks the first six-game winning streak for ETSU since the 2017-18 season.
ETSU will have a short turnaround as it travels to take on Clemson on Friday. Tip-off for Friday’s matchup is set for 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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