League-leading Lady Bucs aim to top Florida Atlantic Thursday
B.J. Banjo leads the Lady Bucs in scoring at 21.5 points a night.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2005) - The Lady Bucs (9-3, 5-0 A-Sun) will look to stay perfect in Atlantic Sun play on Thursday night, as second-ranked Florida Atlantic (4-7, 3-1) invades Memorial Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. ETSU will be vying to keep several impressive winning streaks intact, including five-straight conference wins, and seven-consecutive victories in the Mini Dome.
About the Game ...
Tonight's matchup will pit two of the A-Sun's top clubs against each other, with the league-leading Lady Bucs entering the contest at 5-0 in conference play, and FAU coming in at 3-1, tied for the second-best record in the league. ETSU is coming off a pair of Conference wins, with victories over North Florida and Jacksonville last weekend, while FAU split its last two A-Sun games, falling to Mercer, and taking Stetson in Boca Raton.
Scouting the Owls ...
Florida Atlantic comes to Johnson City at 4-7 overall, 3-1 in the A-Sun. The Owls had a tough start to the season, dropping their first four games of the year, with losses to Navy, Delaware State, Samford and Birmingham-Southern. The team boasts A-Sun wins over North Florida, Jacksonville, and Stetson, while falling at Mercer on Jan. 2. ETSU and FAU have had two common opponents so far this season in A-Sun rivals Jacksonville and North Florida. FAU slipped past the Dolphins by four, and handled the Ospreys by 14, whereas the Lady Bucs topped the two A-Sun foes by 12, and 21 respectively. Shontavia Williams is leading a balanced Owl offense with 13.8 points per game, followed by teammate Missy Glaser with 10.0. Williams is also the team's leading rebounder at 6.1 boards a night, just ahead of Demina Anderson who has been pulling down 6.0 per outing. FAU is the best passing team in the league tallying 14.91 assists per game, while guard Shuteamia Brayboy is second in the A-Sun in assists per game with 5.64, and 62 dishes on the year.
The Series ...
Tonight's meeting is the first in program history.
Last Time Out ...
After trailing for the entire first half, the Lady Bucs unleashed a stellar second-half performance to down Jacksonville, 84-72. B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) paced ETSU with a game-high 25 points, followed by Kelly Turman (Atlanta, Ga.) with a season-best 20, and Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C.) with 16. With the win, ETSU improves to 9-3 with its fourth-straight win, and remains perfect in A-Sun action at 5-0. Jacksonville drops to 3-8 overall, 0-4 in the A-Sun. The Lady Bucs were once again aided by a sensational 21-for-24 performance from the free-throw line. Individually, Banjo nailed 9-for-10 at the line, while Turman sunk 7-of-8. ETSU didn't gain its first lead of the game until the 16:10 mark of the second half, when a short jumper by Turman made the score 49-48. The Lady Bucs rolled from there, as Banjo caught fire, tallying 21 points in the half. ETSU would extend the lead to as many as 20, when Banjo hit a pair of free throws with 1:45 to go, making the score 84-64. The Dolphins surged to a double-digit lead with 13:00 to go in the first half, as JU went up 19-9 on a basket by Precious Robinson. Robison had eight points in the game's first seven minutes. Nichelle Akers kept the Lady Bucs in it early, with six of ETSU's first nine points. Akers would explode for 14 first-half points to the lead the Lady Bucs, only out-distanced by a stellar 18-point effort by JU's Sheena Carpenter. Carpenter would end up with a team-high 24 points, followed by Robinson with 17. The Lady Bucs took advantage of the Dolphins early foul trouble, which put ETSU in the bonus before the period's halfway mark. ETSU made good on nine of its first 10 tries at the free throw line, including two perfect trips by sophomore Turman. The Lady Bucs fought back to tie the score at 34, on a bucket by Turman at the 3:31 mark. The Dolphins would answer with six quick points, bringing the score to 40-34, but the Lady Bucs would make a run of their own, as a Turman three tied the game at 40. Turman had 11 in the frame.