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ETBU women notch 79-48 win over Rust

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 6, 2017 at 4 a.m.

After earning its first win over Schreiner on Dec. 30, the ETBU women's basketball team tacked on another win with a 79-48 final at home over the Rust College Lady Bearcats on Thursday.

ETBU head coach Edsel Hamilton said he expects the win to serve as a confidence booster for his team.

"We're feeling good," Hamilton said. "We feel like the things we've been doing well, we're doing a lot more often and we're making less mistakes. We moved the ball pretty well today."

Malaisia Chisholm led ETBU in scoring with 13 points. Next in line was Hannah Holt with nine points and four steals. Lauren Lee, Brianna Nichols and Amanda Wilson each came away with eight points. Kendle Kossie dropped in seven while Delia Hopkins scored six. Jhaenniece Rasberry scored four points while Lainey Lee, Brittney Jones and Jade Jeffries each scored three points. Kaitlyn Packet, Hannah Grandgeorge and Catina Hayes all scored two points each.

Megan Rayford of Rust led the game in scoring with 17 points. Jasmine Golden had 10 and Chelsea Gilbert scored nine. Jasmine Pitchford came away with five while Tiffany Foster had four and Jazmine Sykes scored three.

Jones went 1-of-2 from the foul line to put up the game's first point and giving her Tigers a 1-0 lead. Chisholm banked a three point at the shot clock buzzer to spread ETBU's early lead to 4-0. She then added another bucket inside the key to make it 6-0. Tillis found Rayford for the assist as Rayford went to the foul line to complete a three point-play to cut Rust's deficit in half, 6-3. Chisholm scored yet again before back-to-back Rust Buckets knotted it up at 8-8. Holt was perfect on her next two trips to the foul line where she gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead. Lee added a bucket down low to make it 16-10. Kaitlyn Packet found Lauren Lee for an assist to make it 18-10, forcing the Rust to call a timeout with 2:28 left in the first quarter. Rasberry added a free throw to make it 19-12 heading into the second quarter.

Golden went 1-of-2 from the line before Rasberry did the same, making it 20-13. Gilbert drained a three and Rayford hit a two to cut the lead to 20-18. A bucket by Packet and another by Hopkins was followed by a field goal from Gilbert. Chisholm's layup put ETBU up by five, 26-21. Lauren Lee dished it off Kossie who banked it off the glass into the hoop to make it 28-23. Chisholm had back-to-back assists before adding a bucket to give her team a double digit lead, 35-25. Wilson added a two for the last points of the first half, making it 37-25 going into halftime.

The Tigers started off the second half hot, going on 13-2 run. Holt drained a three to give ETBU a 50-27 lead with 4:52 left in the third. A three late in the third by Pitchford cut ETBU's lead to 56-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Nichols scored off an assist from Jeffries to bring the score to 62-38. Lainey Lee drained a three from the top of the key before M.J. Alexander nailed a layup to make it 67-39.

A bucket from under the basket by Hanna Grandgeorge made it 71-43. A late three from Jeffries accounted for the last points of the game as the Tigers sealed up the 79-48 win.

Hamilton added he was pleased to have been able to get all his players action Thursday night.

"We introduced a lot of different people and that's kind of what I envisioned at the beginning of the year, was to have so many different people who can do different things and the last couple of games we've seen that and have played together," Hamilton continued.

"We turned the ball over a lot in the first half and cleaned up the sloppiness in the second half."

The Tigers will return to action Saturday afternoon when they play host to Louisiana College in an American Southwest Conference matchup.

"We should be pretty fresh for that conference game," Hamilton said. "LC has played two games this week so hopefully we'll be more rested than them."



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