Fueled by 21-point, seven-rebound, six-block performance by freshman Amber Porter, Stetson cruised to a 91-62 victory over visiting ETSU in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Saturday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.
The Hatters (10-5, 2-1 A-Sun) won their ninth straight game at home and surpassed the 90-point mark for the fifth time this season.
"Offensively and defensively we had a great team effort," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. "I don't think I could pick one player that really stood out because we had a lot of players do things and pick it up on both ends. I am really pleased with our effort."
Holding a 24-19 lead midway through the first half, Stetson went on a 16-0 run to break the game open. The Hatters held ETSU (5-10, 1-3) scoreless for a seven minute span as the Buccaneers misfired on 15 consecutive field goal attempts.
"It always helps when you get stops," Bria said. "It certainly takes the pressure off you to score every time. I didn't think our defense in the last game was very good; I didn't think it was very aggressive. Our defense was active today."
Porter was a major factor for the Hatters on defense, recording five of her six blocks in the first half alone.
"I thought Amber made some great plays," Bria said. "They would get a good shot, but (Amber) came over and blocked it, and she just made some really big time plays."
Porter also was a force on offense, as the Hatters consistently fed her in the post. The 6-3 center converted seven of her 10 field goal attempts and went 7-for-8 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 21 points.
"The team's effort was really good," Porter said. "We had high intensity and we rebounded well."
Joining Porter in double figures was Sasha Sims with 19 points, Brianti Saunders with 15, and Cherisse Burris with 11. Saunders was 6-for-11 from the floor and helped spark the transition offense during the first half surge.
"We use (our speed) as an advantage," Saunders said. "We always push the ball, get the ball out, and look for Amber in the post. If she is not open she kicks it out for the open three. We know somewhere in there we are going to get an open shot."
The Hatters shot 56.7% for the game, their second-highest field goal percentage of the season. Stetson also pulled down 46 rebounds as five different players registered seven boards or more.
Sims picked up her 137th career block in the first half, tying her with Dieidre Hillery (1984-88) for the school's all-time record. She also went 7-for-9 from the floor on Saturday and finished the homestand with 43 points.
Having reached the midway point in the regular season, Stetson will hit the road next week to take on Mercer on Thursday night and Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon.
Notes: The Hatters are now averaging 78.3 points per game overall and 87.4 points per game at home ... Six different Hatters hit three pointers, including freshmen DeAsia Beal and Stacia Allen ... Sydni Davis had two assists off the bench ... Sasha Sims recorded her 500th career field goal in the first half and has 1399 points in her career (fifth all-time in school history).