JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2008) - The ETSU women's basketball team will get one tune up before its season opener when the Lady Buccaneers take on University of the Cumberlands Monday night in an exhibition affair. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside
The Lady Bucs are coming off their most historic season in program history, as ETSU won both the Atlantic Sun regular and postseason titles - resulting in its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. ETSU posted a program-tying 21-win campaign, and set the school record for most points (2,478) and rebounds (1,360) in 2007-08.
Head coach Karen Kemp's (2008 A-Sun Coach of the Year) club returns 60-percent of that scoring and 59-percent of the rebounding, as well as ETSU's leading scorer in junior Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.). Evans averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a year ago and enters the season 184 points shy of becoming the 16th player in Lady Buccaneer history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
The University of the Cumberlands enters the season ranked 21st in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Women's Basketball Top 25 Coaches Preseason Poll. Cumberlands averaged 76 points per game a year ago and forced its opponents to turn the ball over 23 times per contest. The Patriots will be led by junior guard Amber Neace, who averaged a team-best 14.2 points per game and hit a team-high 77 three pointers. The Patriots were defeated 78-65 by Trevecca Nazarene on Friday night in
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ETSU Game Notes
Home Court Advantage
The Lady Bucs have won 29 of their last 37 home games; including 23 of their last 27 conference home contents … ETSU carries a six-game home winning streak into the 2008-09 season … throughout that six-game win streak, the Lady Buccaneers defeated the opposition by over 23 points (81.5 to 58.3) and forced the opponents into 24 turnovers as well.
Kemp Eyeing 200
Head coach Karen Kemp enters the 2008-09 season in search of an important milestone … Kemp is currently six wins shy of reaching the 200-win mark … over the last three seasons Kemp has posted 59 victories and the Lady Bucs are in search of their first-ever fourth consecutive winning season … Kemp currently has posted a program-best 194 victories in her career.
Countdown to 1,000
Junior Siarre Evans has built an impressive resume over her first two seasons as a Lady Buc … the Griffin, Ga. native was named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team in her rookie season, and last season the sophomore was named First Team All-Conference and Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team … Evans enters this season only 184 points shy of becoming the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau … the junior guard/forward was also a unanimous selection the 2008-09 Preseason All-Conference Team.
Lady Bucs Tabbed the A-Sun Favorite
For the first time since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference, the ETSU Lady Bucs were selected the league favorite in both the coaches and media polls … ETSU is also looking to become the first team since Georgia State (2001-03) to repeat as conference champions.
Calling all Seniors?
ETSU's rosters consists of four juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen, however, the Lady Bucs do not have a single senior on their team … the Lady Bucs are one of two team in the Atlantic Sun to not post at least one senior on their roster, with the other team being Florida Gulf Coast.
The Schedule of all Schedules
When fans look at ETSU's 2008-09 regular season slate they may be asking themselves what coach Kemp was thinking, as the Lady Bucs' schedule features seven who that appeared in postseason play a year ago … ETSU hosts 12th-ranked and SEC favorite Vanderbilt, and travels to Evansville (WNIT participant), Chattanooga (NCAA participant), Georgia (NCAA participant), Kentucky (WNIT participant), Liberty (NCAA participant) and Florida Gulf Coast (WNIT participant) … of the Lady Bucs' eight non-conference opponents, six of them played in the postseason last year.
A Look Ahead
ETSU returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 15 when they take on
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