Even when the Lady Bucs struggle recently in A-Sun Championship play, struggle is defined loosely.
After sprinting out to an 11-0 lead against Belmont in the team’s semifinal game on Friday, the Bruins clawed their way back into the contest and held a 29-28 advantage in the closing seconds.
About that time, the ball found its way into the hands of Siarre Evans as it has so often the last four years. The versatile forward sprinted down the floor and hit a shot just before the buzzer to give the Lady Bucs a one-point advantage despite one of the team’s worst offensive halves of the season. ETSU would go on to win 77-63.
The first half was a microcosm of Evans’ career. She accounted for 16 of the ETSU’s 30 first half points and took the air out of Belmont’s spirited effort with the shot at the end of the half. That was what the Lady Bucs needed today, and she delivered.
This tournament has already been a special run for Evans. Her hometown of Griffin, Ga., is a short drive down I-75 from the University Center. She entered the championship as the 2010 A-Sun Player of the Year plus she has played in front of several friends and family including her former high school coach the last two games. More folks are expected to make the drive down tomorrow as Evans looks to help deliver ETSU’s third straight title.
No matter what happens in Saturday’s final, Evans will go down as one of the top players in A-Sun history, racking up award after award and reaching the title game in each of her four seasons.
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