The Lady Bucs travel on Friday to Memphis for the University of Memphis Lady Tiger Classic. Also competing in the tournament are Memphis, Northwestern State and Texas A&M.
It is their first regular season tournament since the Lady Bucs finished third in the Long Beach State Classic on Dec. 20-21, 1998.
East Tennessee State Lady Bucs (0-1) at University of Memphis Lady Tiger Classic (ETSU, Memphis, Northwestern State and Texas A&M)
Elma Roane Fieldhouse (2,800), Memphis, Tenn.
The Last Time Out: The Lady Bucs were led by 12 points from junior forward Megan Jackson and 10 points from senior guard Chris Forman but they could not overcome the Tennessee Tech three-point arsenal as the Golden Eaglettes defeated ETSU 90-60 Tuesday night from Cookeville, Tenn. The Lady Bucs held an early 16-10 lead but fell behind as Tennessee Tech went on a 35-11 run to finish the half. Sophomore forward Misty Copas was perfect from the field, scoring nine points on 4-4 shooting and pulling down five boards. Sophomore guard Ann Marie Gates scored six points on 3-4 shooting and also had five rebounds. ETSU was led in rebounds by freshman forward Lauren Trantham, who had seven on the evening.
The Lady Bucs Against the Lady Tiger Classic Field: East Tennessee State has a 2-6 all-time record against the University of Memphis ... They have not met in 18 years, when the Lady Bucs defeated the Lady Tigers 72-71 ... The Lady Bucs have an 0-1 record against Texas A&M ... The only meeting in the series was in 1995, when the Lady Bucs fell to the Aggies 71-50 ... ETSU has never faced Northwestern State.
The Last Regular Season Tournament: The last regular season tournament that the Lady Bucs participated in was the Long Beach State Classic on Dec. 20-21, 1998 ... The Lady Bucs were defeated by Long Beach State in the first round, 91-61 ... They won the consolation game against Detroit, 88-83 in overtime.
Home Court Advantage: In the regime of ETSU head coach Karen Kemp, the Lady Bucs have a 44-21 home record including a 10-0 home season in 1994-95 and a 10-1 home record last season .. The only loss coming to SoCon regular-season champion Chattanooga ... In each of the last five seasons, the Lady Bucs' home record has improved:
Home Sweet Dome: The Lady Bucs' moved their home territory this season from Brooks Gym to the Memorial Center ... The Lady Bucs' however will play one game in Brooks Gym this season, Jan. 24 against Furman.
SoCon Consistency: The Lady Bucs' finished 12-6 last season in the Southern Conference ... The 12 wins tied a school record for conference wins set in 1998-99 when the Lady Bucs finished 12-5.
Number Change: Sophomore guard Samantha Copeland makes the switch from number 34 to 32 for the 2000-01 season.
Success in High Numbers: Last winter, the Lady Bucs were 13-2 when scoring 70-or-more points; 9-0 when scoring 80-or-more points ... The Lady Bucs were 7-1 when scoring 80-or-more points and 14-3 when scoirng 70-or-more points in 1998-99.
The Head Coach: Seventh-year head coach Karen Kemp has compiled a 83-82 (.503) record at ETSU ... She is the second winningest coach in Lady Buc basketball history and trails first-place Susan Yow by 35 victories ... Kemp passed former coach Debbie Richardson for second place on the all-time list with a 90-63 win over Western Carolina on February 22, 2000.
Lady Bucs in the Classroom: Three Lady Bucs, Angie Fickes, Chris Forman and Rachel Glass made the Southern Conference academic honor roll last season ... More impessively, the three guards were all repeat selections ... It was Forman's third such honor and Glass and Fickes' second ... This year, Forman will attempt to become the first Lady Buc to make the SoCon honor roll all four years.
The Lady Bucs on the Airwaves: The Lady Bucs' January 2nd game against Chattanooga will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast at 5:00 p.m. ... It is a part of an ETSU/Chattanooga doubleheader on CSS as the men's game between the two teams will also be televised following the women's matchup.
Lady Bucs tabbed fifth: ETSU was picked fifth by Southern Conference coaches in the SoCon preseason coaches poll ... The Lady Bucs finished third last season in the final conference standings.
Southern Conference Preseason Coaches Poll:
Teams (first place votes in parentheses) Votes
Chattanooga (9) 81
UNC Greensboro (1) 71
Georgia Southern 57
East Tennessee State 50
Appalachian State 40
Western Carolina 22
College of Charleston 12