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In another exciting game at the 2022 Tip Off Classic at Ornelas Gym, East Texas Baptist University topped the Centenary College Ladies, 68-53, in women’s basketball action. ETBU is now 1-1 overall.

Leading the ETBU were Michaela James and Tiffany Bickford, both with 10 points and three rebounds. Brooke Webster had nine points and seven rebounds, followed by Mollie Dittmar with eight points and seven rebounds. The Tigers forced 10 turnovers with seven steals and led in rebounding, 48-42. ETBU’s defense only allowed the Checkers to shoot 29 percent from the floor and 7.1 percent from goal, while 63.2 percent from the line. ETBU shot 32.1 percent overall, making six three-pointers for a total of 30 percent and 26 free throws for 83.9 percent.

First half

ETBU held an early lead against Centenary, going up 5-0, with free kicks from Dittmar and Bridget Upton. The ladies put two points on the board and ETBU responded with a layup from Webster, bringing the score to 10-2. Centenary closed the gap to four points, 12-8, on a turnover followed by a jump shot. James made a 3-pointer, bringing the lead to five, 15-10. Webster made two free throws before the end of the first quarter for a seven-point lead, 17-10.

The second quarter was closed, with ETBU scoring 11 points and Centenario with 10. The Tigers got the first point on a free throw by Jamara Levy, 18-10. Both teams kept the game close, going almost three minutes on the game clock without a point. Dittmar recorded two free throws giving ETBU a 10-point lead, 22-12. The Ladies brought in four points on two jump shots, 24-16. ETBU pushed the score to seven points, 27-20, on a free kick by James and a shot by Kenidi White. Levy scored the final point of the first half with a free throw and made it 28-20.

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Second half

The Tigers improved their lead over the Checkers in the third quarter, scoring 19 points but giving up just 11. Upton made the first point of the second half with a turnover followed by a layup at 8:38, 30-20. James followed with two free throws, giving ETBU a 12-point lead, 32-20. Centenary put their first points of the quarter on the board at 5:33 with a jump shot, 36-22. James’ free throws gave ETBU a game-high 20-point lead, 42-22. The Ladies ran with layups and a free throw, bringing the score to within 17 points, 45-28. Dittmar added a layup for a 19-point lead, 47-28, before the ladies hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 47-31.

Similar to the second quarter, the fourth quarter stayed close with ETBU allowing 22 points and scoring 21. Centenary was the first to put points on the board with a shot in the paint that cut the lead to 14, 47-33. Bickford chipped in a second-chance 3-pointer to push the lead to 18 points, 51-33. Free throws by Sydney Maxwell and shots from outside the arc by Bickford and Chloe Rogers pushed the lead to a game-high 24 points, 61-37. Centenary went on a free throw streak, cutting the lead to 20, 61-41. The teams went back and forth the rest of the way, with the lead staying under 21. A 3-pointer by Erin Berry made it a 21-point lead, again, 68-47. Centenary went on a roll, finishing with two free throws at 0:13 for a 68-53 finish.

Until next time

ETBU will travel to Memphis, Tennessee next weekend to take on Rhodes College on Friday, November 18 at 6 pm and Fontbonne University on Saturday, November 19 at 2 pm. 65-53 in March in the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first game for the Tigers against the University of Fontbonne, who are currently sitting 0-0 with ETBU being their first game of the season.

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