Saturday, December 27, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2008) - The ETSU women's basketball team concludes its season-long five-game road trip on Sunday afternoon when the Lady Bucs travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. and face the undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Bucs got off to a bumpy start on this road swing that began on Dec. 1 at Georgia, but after back-to-back wins at Kentucky and Kennesaw State, ETSU can close out the 2008 portion of its schedule a high note with an upset on Sunday afternoon.
ETSU is coming off a thrilling 79-78 victory over A-Sun rival Kennesaw State on Thursday, Dec. 19 inside the KSU Convocation Center. Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) finished with a game-high 22 points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, marking her first double-double of the year; while fellow junior Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) was also singing to the tune of double vision. Evans notched her fifth double-double of the season (20th career) after ending with 19 points and 16 rebounds, which was also strong enough to earn her fourth Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honor of her career.
Wake Forest has won its first 10 games to start the season, which ties the program record for longest winning streak. The mark was last hit under former head coach Joe Sanchez in the 1987-88 season. That same season the Deacs made their only NCAA Tournament appearance to date.
The Demon Deacons are coming off a 77-58 victory over Mississippi back on Dec. 21 at UCF Holiday Classic in Orlando. Sophomore forward Brittany Waters pitched in with a career-high 24 points, and senior Alex Tchangoue added 15 points for the Deacons.
As a team, Wake Forest is one of the top defending teams in the country as they rank sixth in scoring defense (50.0 points), second in steals (15.4 per game) and 15th in 3-point field goal defense (25.0 percent). The Demon Deacons have allowed 50 points or fewer in four of their 10 contests this season, and less than 60 points in all but two games.
Wake Forest is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
Fans unable to make the trip over to North Carolina can hear all the action as "Voice of the Lady Bucs" Don Helman will be courtside calling the play-by-play on WKPT-AM 1590 in Johnson City, WKPT-AM 1400 in Kingsport and WKPT-AM 1490 in Bristol. Additionally, WKPT's FM translators in Johnson City (97.7), Kingsport (94.3), and Bristol (97.9) will also air Lady Buccaneer games.
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