(Nov. 28, 2004) - ETSU head coach Karen Kemp knew that the 2004-2005 non-conference schedule would be very challenging for the Lady Bucs, but with wins over a tough opponent in Tennessee Tech and at home versus Tusculum College during the first weeks of the season, ETSU is excited about the weeks ahead. Traveling this week to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion on Nov. 30 (7:00 p.m., live on the Buccaneer Sports Network) and opening Southern Conference play on the road facing the Elon Phoenix (7:00 p.m.) on Friday, the Lady Bucs begin a tough month of December.
Leading the way for ETSU thus far is Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) posting 18.8 ppg., 8.5 rpg. while averaging 31.8 minutes in four games played. Mayes posted a team-high 24 points in the home opening win versus Tusculum adding a game-high 15 rebounds, just four boards shy of her career-high. B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) has begun her junior campaign on a roll, posting a career-high 25 points in the season opener versus Tennessee Tech including a 14-15 showing from the free-throw line in the 81-77 Lady Bucs victory. Her 25-31 (80 percent) effort from the charity stripe thus far in 2004-05 leads the team, while she is among team leaders in point per game (12.8) and rebounds her game (4.8) as well.
Opening the season 1-1 with a victory over TTU and falling to Tennessee State on the road in Nashville 56-62, the Lady Bucs rebounded with a convincing win over in-state rival Tusculum College in Memorial Center on Nov. 22 (77-61). In the ETSU loss at TSU, Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.) tallied a career-high four three-pointers finishing with 12 points for the game. 2003-04 All-Southern Conference freshman team honoree Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville, Tenn.) began her sophomore campaign with a 12-point effort in the Lady Bucs victory over TTU adding a team-high five assists and two steals in 40 minutes of play. Wilhoit leads the team averaging 34.0 minutes per game while she is shooting 44 percent from the field for the year.
Candace Gibson's (Warner Robbins, Ga.) three-block effort, including two crucial blocks in the final minutes of the road win over Tennessee Tech, helped propel ETSU to the season-opening victory in Cookeville. Gibson leads the Bucs with eight blocks on the year (2.0 bpg.) while adding 4.5 ppg. and 5.8 rpg. averaging 25.3 minutes per game. Coach Kemp has also seen valuable minutes from freshman guard Alisha Holmes (Orangeburg, S.C.) while Michelle DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) and Angela Estes (Cincinnati, Ohio) have also seen minutes off the bench thus far in the season.
After facing ODU and Elon, the Lady Bucs will travel to Charlotte, N.C. to face the Charlotte 49'ers before returning home Dec. 18th to host SoCon opponent Wofford in Memorial Center. As always for scores, updates and live coverage for all Buccaneer athletics visit ETSUBucs.com.