Lady Bucs to take on Fighting Camels Thursday at 7 p.m.
Candace Gibson leads the Lady Bucs in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards a game.
Candace Gibson leads the Lady Bucs in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards a game.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2006) - The ETSU women's basketball team (10-4, 6-1 A-Sun), which currently sits atop the Atlantic Sun standings, is set to begin a two-game homestand on Thursday, when Campbell (6-9, 5-2 A-Sun) comes to Johnson City for A-Sun action.  The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. in Brooks Gym.


About the Game ...

Thursday's battle will be the first of two meetings between the A-Sun leading Lady Bucs and the third-ranked Campbell Fighting Camels.  ETSU enters the game with a nearly perfect 6-1 conference record, and recently downed Kennesaw State on the road to gain sole possession of the A-Sun's top spot.  The Camels, who are currenlty 5-2 in conference, recently breezed through the Jacksonville swing, taking down North Florida and Jacksonville by an average of 13.5 points.


Scouting the Camels  ...

The Camels enter the weekend tied for the third slot in the A-Sun standings at 5-2 in conference play.  Campbell has already downed Stetson, Mercer, Gardner-Webb, North Florida, and Jacksonville, but ran into trouble on its Nashville swing, falling to both Belmont and Lipscomb.  The Camels have suffered road woes in general, posting a 1-7 record away from Buies Creek, picking up its lone road win against A-Sun foe Gardner-Webb.  Leading the Camel offense has been junior Adrienne Rieley, who is averaging 11.8 ppg.  Letitia Dickson is the only other Camel averaging double figures at 10.4 ppg.  Rieley also tops the Campbell rebounding stats, as the junior pulls down 6.8 boards a game.  Marlena Murphy is tough on the glass as well, also averaging 6.8 rpg.  As a team, the Camels are ranked second in the league in rebounding (40.3 rpg), while leading the A-Sun in defensive boards (28.07).  The Camels are the conference's top long-range shooters, shooting .371 from behind the arc, just ahead of ETSU at .360.  Campbell has drained 65 threes on the season.


The Series ...

Tonight's meeting will be the first in series history.


Last time out ...

The Lady Bucs got back on the winning track Monday night, downing Kennesaw State, 69-55, in KSU Convocation Center. ETSU improves to 10-4, 6-1 in the Atlantic Sun, while KSU drops to 2-11, 2-5 in conference, despite a game-high 18 points, and 17 rebounds from Shavonder Clarke. B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) led the way for ETSU with 15 points, followed by Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.) with 14.  Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) also tallied double digits, netting 11 points. Leading 38-28, the Lady Bucs would see their lead cut to eight on a bucket by Dominika Mieszkowska at the 19:50 mark, but a three from Banjo put ETSU up by double figures again. The lead would remain in double digits until a Clarke three made the score 51-43 with 11:24 remaining. The scrappy Owls would draw within eight on several occasions in the second frame, but wouldn't get any closer, as the Lady Bucs held strong, taking a 62-46 advantage on a steal and jumper by Akers. The Lady Bucs' were stellar on defense during the stretch holding the Owls scoreless for over seven minutes. After nearly eight minutes of back-and-forth basketball to open the game, ETSU managed a 13-10 lead with 11:52 remaining in the first half. Gibson led ETSU during the opening moments, tallying six points, followed by Banjo with five. KSU would tie the score at 13 with a three from Nikki Gurley, but the Lady Bucs responded, taking the 17-13 behind four points from Banjo. The Lady Owls would even the score once again, thanks to a pair of free throws from Gurley, to make it 17-17 with 8:38 remaining. ETSU responded with a 13-5 run in the next 5:06, making the score 30-22. Gibson highlighted the run with six points in a 1:30 span. The senior had a solid first half, totaling 12 points, and five rebounds.


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