Lady Bucs whip Wofford

  JOHNSON CITY--East Tennessee State's women won big on Saturday, thanks in a large way to some intense defensive pressure.
  Forcing 41 turnovers and making 22 steals, the Lady Bucs whipped Wofford 77-51 in a Southern Conference basketball game at Brooks Gym.
  "I was really pleased with the way our defense stepped up and forced them into a lot of turnovers," ETSU coach Karen Kemp said. "We even got several steals, and that was the reason in the first half that we were able to go up by double digits -- because of our defensive effort. They stuck with our game plan, and that's why we came out on top."
  The Lady Bucs improved to 2-0 in the SoCon, 4-4 overall. Wofford, winless in the league last season, is 0-3, 2-8.
  "Our main stress in practice and everything was coming out really hard defensively on Wofford," junior point guard B.J. Banjo said. "We had looked at their stats so far, and it looked kind of like they were prone to some turnovers. But a lot of defensive pressure, that was our main focus in the first half and second half -- getting out and putting a lot of pressure on the ball."
  Senior post Tiffany Mayes hit 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting in 22 minutes, 11 below her average. She also came up with four steals and grabbed six rebounds.
  "She's just an unreal player," Kemp said. "She comes every day ready to work, and she's just getting better and better as the season goes along. She's very difficult to guard. She plays with her back to the basket and then she can step out and hit the 10- to 12-footer. That makes it difficult on other post players trying to defend that."
  Banjo tossed in 13 points, but more impressively she made five steals, dished out four assists and didn't commit a turnover.
  "Great game for me," Banjo said. "I'm really, really happy. I'm working on my assist to turnover ratio, because it wasn't looking too good, but I'm trying to improve that. So today was like a really good game for me. Four assists and no turnovers, that's great."
  Banjo led the Lady Bucs in minutes played with 28, so obviously her coach is pleased to have such a floor leader.
  "That's really solid," Kemp said. "She's been really consistent for us the entire season, and we've got to have that play from B.J. every night out on the floor."
  ETSU was in control 36-23 at the break despite shooting just 38 percent from the field. The Terriers where hitting 50 percent of their field goal attempts at that point, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, but had committed 22 turnovers.
  Wofford pulled within nine early in the second half, before a 14-2 ETSU run pushed the lead to 51-30. The Lady Bucs' largest advantage was 75-42.
  ETSU won the battle on the boards 43-32. Junior forward Candace Gibson hauled in eight.
  Wofford point guard K.C. Correll made eight turnovers in the first half and had 12 before fouling out with nine minutes to go. She led the Terriers with 11 points.
  The Lady Bucs continue a seven-game homestand on Monday night when Furman visits Memorial Center in SoCon action.