Shanasa Sanders scored a game-high
22 points and Jama Sharp tied a career-high with 21 points as the Stetson women’s basketball team
defeated ETSU 71-55 in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Monday night at the MHSA
The Hatters (13-4, 6-0 Atlantic Sun) won their ninth game
in a row, one shy of tying the school record, and were victorious for the first
time in program history at ETSU.
“I was very pleased, it's good for our program to get
that monkey off of our back,” Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. “The last two times we've been here we've
come real close, and it's been a little bit frustrating. I'm just happy for our players.”
Stetson led by 12 at halftime, but ETSU closed the gap to
51-44 with 8:52 to play. The Hatters
then went on a 7-0 run as Sharp hit a three and Sanders converted a fastbreak
lay-up to help Stetson pull away for good.
“Overall, I thought the defense was real good, and I
thought the rebounding was also good,” Bria said. “They are probably the best rebounding team
in our league and I was pleased to see us get 12 offensive rebounds. Offensively we were just a little sloppy.”
The Lady Bucs (3-9, 1-4 A-Sun) committed 21 turnovers in
the game, and the Hatters converted 19 points off of those turnovers including
10 on the fastbreak.
Sanders scored 15 of her points in the second half and
finished with five rebounds and four assists.
Sharp hit 8-of-11 from the field including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
“They both had great games, and I thought Shanasa was a
monster on the glass,” Bria said. “She
best when she plays simple and uses her body and her power. She did that and was very effective. Victoria (McGowan) contributed, but she
struggled scoring wise, and to have two other players step up for us was huge.”
The Hatters will return home to face Lipscomb at 1 p.m.
Saturday. The game will be broadcast on
Notes: ETSU game operations staff were kept busy
throughout the game keeping one area of the floor dry near center court. The roof of the MHSA Athletic Center sprung a
light leak after a day of steady rain in Johnson City … The victory moved
Stetson into a tie for sixth for the longest active winning streak in the
nation (9) … Stetson tied its school record for most wins in a three-year period
with 56 … C.J. Coddington played her 50th career game with the
Hatters and picked up her third charge (drawn) of the year … Victoria McGowan (10 points) became
the eighth player in school history to surpass 1300 career points.