Despite a comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter by the UT-Tyler Patriots, the ETBU women’s basketball team held on to win 68-58 Saturday. ETBU advances to 19-2 overall and remain 10-2 in American Southwest Conference play. The Patriots are now 12-9 overall.
Kim Childress led ETBU in scoring with 14 points. She also had six rebounds. Sydney Saxton had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Amanda Wilson also had 12 points on the day. Kayla Bise scored nine points, all of which came from beyond the arc. Kendrick Clark scored seven points and Valarie Matlock was right behind her with six. Taylor Singleton tossed in three points and pulled down five rebounds while Anna Moss also scored three points and had six boards. Erin Meeks came away with two points.
Bianca Valderrama scored a game-high 22 points and had six rebounds. Shadazia Birchette was next in line with eight points. Tyreesha Blaylock and Carissa Spiker had seven points each. Libby Waddell dropped in five points and Samantha Odom scored three points and pulled down six boards. MyKaela Alfred, Jolee Carswell and Aubree Adams all scored two points apiece.
Blaylock found Birchette who pulled the trigger on a three pointer to score the first points of the game, giving the Patriots an early 3-0 lead. Moments later, Childress tied it up with a three of her own before Matlock went 2-for-2 from the foul line to give ETBU its first lead of the day. Bise added to that lead with a three as the shot clock ticked down to its final seconds. A jumper and a three from Valderrama made tied the game up at 8-8 before Saxton’s layup gave the lead back to the Tigers. That was the final bucket of the first quarter as the two teams entered the second quarter with ETBU leading 10-8.
Clark banked in a shot down low to score the first points of the second quarter before Waddell came away with an and-one to make it a one-point game. Childress’ layup on the other end of the court made the score 14-11 with 9:03 left in the first half. Both teams made trips to the foul line to bring the score back down to a one-point game. A three from Valderrama gave the Patriots a 17-15 lead before Moss tied it up with a layup, 17-17. Matlock came away with a steal and layup to put ETBU back on top, 19-17. BIse launched a three from in front of the UT-Tyler bench to make the score 22-17. Spiker knocked down a jumper before Bise drained another three, bringing het score to 25-19. After a Patriots bucket, Meeks tossed in a shot from down low to spread her team’s lead to 27-21. Only a free throw was added in the remainder of the first half as the two teams went into halftime with the Tigers leading 27-22.
Valderrama scored the first points of the second half on a layup before Wilson did likewise on the other end of the court. Spiker drained a three and avoided the shot-clock violation. That was followed by a jumper and a layup from Wilson, then a layup from Matclock, giving ETBU a 35-27 lead, forcing UT-Tyler to call timeout with 7:37 left in third quarter. A bucket off the glass from Wilson gave the Tigers a 10-point lead but that was short lived as Valderrama drained a three. Childress brought that lead back up to 10 with a three of her own, making the score 40-30. Clark added to that lead with a three from the far corner. Clark then picked off a pass and took it all the way for a layup, spreading her team’s lead to 45-30. ETBU continued to pour it on as another three from Childress made it a 48-32 score. A pair of buckets from Saxton gave ETBU a 20-point lead. Odom added a three for the Patriots before another shot from Saxton spread ETBU’s lead to 56-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Birchette came away with an old-fashioned three-point play early in the fourth quarter to make it a 58-43 game. Three free throws and a pair of jumpers from UT-Tyler cut the Patriots’ deficit to 61-50. A three from Valderrama made the score 61-53 and forced ETBU to call timeout with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. A teardrop from Saxton put ETBU up by nine points before Valderrama went 2-for-2 from the foul line. UT-Tyler’s next possession saw Valderrama come up with a layup. A layup on the other end from Wilson made the score 56-58. The Tigers were passing the ball around to drain the clock when Childress was fouled on a three-point attempt. She went to the line where she drained all three shots to put her team’s lead back to double digits with 24 seconds left. Those were the final points of the game as the Tigers came away with the 68-58 win.
The Tigers are slated to return to action Thursday when they take on Belhaven on the road. The Patriots will travel to UT-Dallas.