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ETSU women defeat Appalachian State, 72-68, despite committing 35 turnovers

Staff Report • Nov 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The East Tennessee State women’s basketball team committed 35 turnovers Wednesday night against Appalachian State. Somehow, the Lady Bucs survived. Junior guard Siarre Evans led the way with a double-double as ETSU logged its first win of the season, a 72-68 decision over the Mountaineers inside Memorial C e n t e r. Evans contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, leading ETSU (1-3) in both categories. Her effort on the boards helped the Lady Bucs win that battle by a 41-37 margin. Evans scored 12 of her 17 after halftime, making 3 of 8 shots from the field but also going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Four Lady Bucs finished in double digits. TaRonda Wiles added 16 points, Latisha Belcher had 13 before fouling out and Devin Thompson contributed 10. It was hardly a watershed offensive performance by the Lady Bucs as a whole, however. ETSU shot 32.4 percent (11 of 34) in the first half, and 35.5 (11 of 31) after intermission. The Lady Bucs also went a meek 2-of-13 from 3-point range. Things were better at the charity stripe, particularly in the second half. The Lady Bucs were almost flawless after intermission, converting 20 of 24 chances at the line. Appalachian State (1-4) struggled to maintain continuity throughout the contest. Although ETSU committed 25 miscues, Appalachian made a staggering 35 gaffes of its own — 16 in the first half and 19 in the second. The Mountaineers’ Sade Means matched Evans with 17 points. Brittany Mixon added 15 points and Brittney Spencer 10, but that trio also combined for 21 total turnovers. ETSU never trailed in the second half, though Appalachian State did forge a pair of ties in that frame. Evans and Tara Davis went 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute to preserve the victory.

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