Lady Bucs tune up for postseason with win

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Unlike last year, the ETSU Lady Buc seniors ended the regular season on a good note.
   Down early in the first half, the Lady Bucs (9-18, 6-12) made a strong run and kept up with their gameplan during the second half en route to an 85-79 win in the Memorial Center.
   "It was a good game for our seniors," said ETSU coach Karen Kemp. "I'm glad to see them go out on a good note. Hopefully we can get ready for the tournament."
   ETSU had six players score in double digits, while Wofford had four. Both squads shot close to 47 percent in the contest.
   "We wanted to take control and relax," she said. "We shot the ball well and I was pleased with that. I was unpleased with our defense. We've got to improve if we want to do any damage next week."
   The Lady Terriers (4-23, 1-17) opened the first half in sharp form with big buckets from Nakia Mister and Stephanie Ripberger. ETSU finally got on the board after trailing by eight after some nice put backs from Adrienne Walker and Misty Copas.
   The Lady Bucs took their first lead at 25-25 and continued to roll forward despite Ricaye Harris, efforts for Wofford.
   Lauren Trantham and Jessica Lonon scored some big hoops as the Bucs stretched out to a 40-35 lead at the half.
   The Lady Bucs led the battle inside and had 12 steals compared to Wofford's four.
   The Lady Bucs battled to an 11-point lead early in the second half after some big treys from Copeland and Copas. Wofford roared back behind Mister and a big three from LaToya Strong to cut the gap at one.
   Brie Bradshaw ties it for the Lady Terriers, but the Lady Bucs kicked it back out to eight behind B.J. Banjo and Copas.
   Bradshaw and Mister sliced it back to two, but ETSU used a big three point play from Adrienne Walker to seal a solid lead with two minutes to go and wound up with a big 85-79 win on Senior Day.
   Senior Samantha Copeland had three big treys and 13 points before going down with an ankle injury.
   "We always seem to get our shots going slowly," Copeland said. "I'm glad to win here, but we've got to get things working for the tournament."
   Misty Copas and teammate Walker led the Bucs with 16 on the evening.
   "I really didn't care as long as we won," said Copas about Senior Day. "We lost it last year, but it's always good to go out on a good note. We've still got a lot of work to do and it will take a lot more than this to win down in the tournament."
   Wofford's Harris led all scores with 22, while Nakia Mister had 18. Bradshaw and Jenn Stasie had 13 and 11, respectively for the Lady Terriers. Lonon, Trantham and Banjo had 10 a piece for ETSU.
   It was ETSU's sixth home win on the year. The Lady Bucs begin tournament play in Charleston next week.