NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 20, 2010) - One thing the Lady Bucs have excelled in this season is generating a lot of offense.
On Thursday night, ETSU takes its high-flying attack to the Music City, as the Lady Bucs face Lipscomb inside Allen Arena. Tip is set for 6:15 p.m. (Eastern).
ETSU, who currently ranks 12th nationally in scoring offense (78.9), carries a four-game winning streak into Nashville as the Lady Bucs stand 8-7, 6-1 in Atlantic Sun play. A pair of senior guards has fueled the Lady Bucs' offense in TaRonda Wiles (Danville, Va.) and Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.). Wiles, the A-Sun leader in scoring (19.7), also ranks 18th amongst all Division I athletes. Meanwhile, Evans ranks third in the A-Sun with 17.6 points per game (53rd in the country) and 10th overall with 11.1 rebounds per contest.
Along with their strong scoring, ETSU ranks 28th in 3-point field goals per game (7.3) and 41st in free throw shooting (73.8).
The Lady Bucs are coming off an important win over league-leading Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday afternoon, 88-83. Junior point guard Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points, while Evans notched her 43rd career double-double - finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Following the impressive effort by Evans, the Griffin, Ga. native received her sixth career A-Sun Player of the Week honor.
Lipscomb suffered a pair of losses last weekend in Jacksonville and enters play 4-14, 2-6. After defeating Belmont in overtime on Monday night, the Lady Bisons lost to Jacksonville (48-66) and UNF (64-75).
The Lady Bisons are led by junior guard Jenna Bartsokas, who leads the club with 12.2 points and 2.6 assists. As a team, Lipscomb ranks eighth in scoring offense (59.7) and seventh in defense (66.6).
ETSU leads the all-time series, 10-1, with the Lady Bucs' lone loss being a 57-52 setback inside Allen Arena on Feb. 3, 2007. Since then, ETSU has won six straight against Lipscomb, while Evans is averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds in the last two meetings.
Fans unable to make the trip to the Music City can catch all the action live on A-Sun.TV. Also, live stats will be available, courtesy of Lipscomb Athletics. To access both A-Sun.TV and live stats, click on the links above.
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