KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2006) - After suffering their first Atlantic Sun loss of the season, the Lady Bucs (9-4, 5-1 A-Sun) will look to get back on the winning track on Monday at Kennesaw State (2-9, 2-3 A-Sun). Game time is set for 9 p.m., in KSU Convocation Center. The game is also scheduled to be broadcast live on CSS.
About the Game ...ETSU will look to rebound from its first conference loss, with its second win of the season over Kennesaw State. The Owls will be looking to keep the Lady Bucs at bay, however, vying for its third A-Sun win, coming into the contest with a 2-4 conference record. Both squads are coming off home losses to conference foe FAU, which took down ETSU, 79-71, on Jan. 12, and handled KSU, 71-58, on Jan. 14.
Scouting the Owls ... Like the first time around, Shavonder Clarke is KSU's strongest threat averaging 21.5 points, and 11.4 rebounds a game. Clarke netted a game-high 20 in the the clubs' first meeting this season. Danielle Bates, who tallied 13 in the first meeting, is currently averaging 11.9 ppg, the second of only two players posting double figures for the Owls. Guard Dominika Mieszkowska averages just 7.3 ppg, but poured in 16 against the Lady Bucs in Johnson City. Mieszkowska also leads the team in assists with 2.7 dishes per game. Ngoneh Gaye is the team's second-leading rebounder, grabbing 6.2 boards a night. Since their trip to Johnson City, the Owls have managed only one win, which came against Jacksonville on Jan. 5. However, the Owls have dropped three of four since playing ETSU, falling to UNF, South Dakota State, and FAU.
The Series ... The two clubs met for the first time earlier this season, when the Lady Bucs topped the Owls, 74-66, in Memorial Center.
The First Time Around ... The Lady Bucs basketball squad downed Kennesaw State, 74-66, on Jan. 2, in Memorial Center. Senior B.J. Banjo paced the Lady Bucs with 18 points, while classmate Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.) added 17. Free throws would spell the difference for the Lady Bucs, who went 24-for-30 from the charity stripe, including 16-straight to start the game, for a season-best 80.0 percent. Sophomore Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) led the charge with a perfect 9-for-9 showing, on her way to scoring 14 for the game. Banjo, who went 7-for-8 for the night, was clutch down the stretch, draining four free throws in the last 22 seconds. The Lady Owls would only make it to the line 13 times for the game. KSU's Shavonder Clarke netted a game-high 20 in the loss.
Last time out ... Despite a 21-point, 14-rebound effort from senior Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.), the Lady Bucs suffered their first Atlantic Sun setback of the season on Thursday, dropping a 79-71 decision to Florida Atlantic, in Memorial Center. With the loss, ETSU falls to 9-4 overall, 5-1 in conference play, while the Owls improve to 5-7, 4-1 in the A-Sun. Down by as many as 10 in the second half, the Lady Bucs battled back to get within two at 72-70, with 1:45 remaining, but the FAU fended off the late charge, cashing in on a sensational shooting performance, in which the Owls drained 50 percent of the second-half shots, and 49.1 percent for the game. The win by FAU halts the Lady Bucs' home-win streak at seven, while also preventing ETSU from its fifth-consecutive victory. Up 35-34 at the half, the Lady Bucs quickly saw their lead slip away, as the Owls had stolen the advantage by the 17:33 mark, when a Demina Anderson layup put FAU up 39-37. The Owls would extend their lead to 51-41 with just over 14 minutes to play, but the Lady Bucs wouldn't go away, fighting to get back within four on a layup by Gibson with 12:18 to go. FAU answered with a three pointer by Cristal Randolph just 18 seconds later, taking the lead to 55-48. Buckets by Gibson and Kelly Turman (Atlanta, Ga.) brought ETSU within three by the period's halfway point, but the Owls held their ground, pushing the lead back to double digits, 63-53, with 7:26 to go. Turman also had a commendable outing, posting 19 points and seven rebounds. A three-point play by Turman would bring the margin back to seven, followed by a layup by Alisha Holmes (Orangeburg, S.C.), which brought deficit to five. FAU combated the attack with a basket by Breana Cox, but ETSU would continue to charge, bringing the lead to one, at 65-64, thanks to a two by Turman, and a three from Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio). A layup by Gibson at the 4:41 mark would give the Lady Bucs one of their few leads of the evening at 66-65, but the Owls stole the momentum with a quick seven-point run, sparked by a three by Missy Glaser. A pair of free throws from Holmes and another Gibson layup made it a two point game once again, at 70-72, but the Owls prevailed, sinking five free throws in the final 40 seconds.