By Carey Phillips


E’Lease Stafford hit six of 10 three-pointers and scored 29 points last Thursday powering East Tennessee to a 76-49 Southern Conference women’s basketball victory over Western Carolina at ETSU’s Brooks Gym.

Shynia Jackson added 18 points for the Lady Bucs, and Micah Scheetez had 13.

Lauren LaPlant led the Lady Cats with 14 points.

ETSU took control from the opening tip. Stafford hit a pair of three-pointers, and Gabby Brown’s trey made it 15-2 with 5:38 left in the opening period.

It was 28-8 at the quarter break after Kaia Upton’s basket with 17 seconds to go.

Western cut the gap to 32-20 on Tembre Moates’ layup with 6:02 to play in the half.

Jackson’s two foul shots with 11 seconds to go gave the Lady Bucs a 45-27 halftime lead.

Jackson scored four in a 9-2 run for a 62-39 advantage after Cierrah Perdue’s two free throws with 1:21 on the clock.

The margin was 65-43 entering the fourth quarter.

The game’s largest lead was 75-46 on Stafford’s three-pointer at the 2:33 mark.

Jackson was 11 of 12 from the foul line, and ETSU was 20 of 23 as a team, while WCU made just four of 10 attempts.

The Lady Bucs shot 41.8 percent from the floor, and Western made 40 percent of its tries.

Led by Jackson’s 15 rebounds, ETSU controlled the boards 38-29. Farasia Hodge had eight for the Lady Cats.

Western committed 22 turnovers, and the Lady Bucs had 16.

Completing the WCU scoring were Alyssa Walker with seven, Moates with six, Jewel Smalls and Diarra Smith both with five, Judith Martin-Ruiz and Andrea Martin-Ruiz with four apiece, and Hodge and Mia Littlejohn with two each.