Friday, November 27, 2009
ETSU faces 13th ranked Arizona State on Saturday, Hawai'i Sunday
HONOLULU, Hawai'i (Nov. 27, 2009) - After having a few days to sightsee and adjust to the five hour time change, the ETSU women's basketball team is set to return to the hardwood on Saturday evening as the Lady Bucs take on No. 13/17 Arizona state. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. (HT), 7 p.m. (ET) inside the Stan Sherriff Center.
The Lady Bucs are looking to snap a two-game losing skid on Saturday, but it won't be an easy task as the Sun Devils - who reached the Elite Eight in 2009 - were picked second (media) and third (coaches) in the Pac-10 Preseason Polls.
After knocking off in-state rival Chattanooga by 24 points two weeks ago in its season opener, ETSU has went on to drop back-to-back games at Mississippi State and Arkansas.
The Lady Bucs are led by senior guard/forward TaRonda Wiles (Danville, Va.) and reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.). Wiles currently leads the A-Sun in scoring with 20.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Evans looks to post her third straight double-double of the
season. In the last two games, Evans is averaging 18.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 38 minutes of action.
Arizona State (2-1), who opens tournament play with host Hawai'i on Friday evening, is coming off a 59-46 loss at No. 9 Xavier back on Nov. 21. The Sun Devils picked up wins over South Dakota State and Yale earlier in the year.
The Sun Devils are led by 6-5 junior forward Becca Tobin, as she enters play averaging 12 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. As a team, Arizona State is outscoring its opponents 67.0 to 56.3 (+10.7) and out-rebounding them by 15.7 per game (46.3 to 30.7).
Like the Lady Bucs, Hawai'i brings a 1-2 record into this weekend and is led by first year
coach Dana Takahara-Dias. After knocking UC Riverside 63-58 in their season opener, the Rainbow Wahine has dropped games at UCLA (98-52) and CSU Bakersfield (105-75).
Freshman guard Shawna Kuehu leads the team with 13.0 points per game, while Keisha Kanekoa is pitching in with 11 points. As a team, Hawai'i is shooting 42.2 percent from the field, but are being outscored - 87.0 to 63.3.
Live stats will be available for both games, while video and audio will be provided for the game versus Hawai'i. To access live stats and video, visit http://hawaiiathletics.com or click the link above.
For more information of Lady Buccaneer basketball, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.