Coach Kemp eyeing 250th career win Monday vs. Mercer
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2011) - The ETSU women's basketball team looks to end its five-game homestand with a perfect mark Monday evening when the Lady Bucs host Mercer. Tip is set for 4:45 p.m. inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic.
After having seniors Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) and Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) reach the 1,000-point milestone in back-to-back wins over USC Upstate and Kennesaw State, head coach Karen Kemp is eyeing a milestone of her own Monday. Kemp, who is averaging over 20 wins a year over the last five seasons, is in search of her 250th career victory Monday evening.
ETSU (12-9, 9-3) has won its first four games of this long home stretch and a win Monday would push the Lady Bucs' winning streak to a season-long five straight. The Blue and Gold are coming off an 85-61 victory over Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon, where the Lady Bucs used a strong second-half effort to dismantle the Owls. ETSU outscored Kennesaw State, 57-36, in the final 20 minutes; while Davis led the way with 21 points en route to becoming the 19th player in Lady Buc history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier. Along with Davis, freshman Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) continued her dominating efforts as she recorded her eighth double-double, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five steals.
Mercer (1-19, 1-10) is coming off a 64-53 loss at USC Upstate Saturday evening in Spartanburg. The Bears led by four at the half, but were outscored by 15 in the second half to endure their 14 consecutive defeat.
Freshman guard Briana Williams, who scored a team-high 17 points at Upstate, leads the club with 19.8 points per game in 11 conference games. Williams holds the single-game record for most points scored this season with her 41-point effort against Jacksonville back on Jan. 24. Meanwhile, as a team, Mercer ranks tenth in both scoring offense (60.5) and scoring defense (71.5), while ETSU leads the league in scoring offense (73.6) and ranks fourth in defense (63.5).
The Lady Bucs defeated Mercer 83-68 earlier this month in Macon, Ga. Davis, Mitchell and junior guard Natalie Pickwell (Kingsport, Tenn.) combined 76 percent of ETSU's points as Davis led the way with 23. Mitchell added another double-double - finishing with 22 pionts and 12 rebounds - while Pickwell scored 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. ETSU, who leads the all-time series 11-9, is searching for its second consecutive series sweep over the Bears.
ETSU students who attend Monday's game have the chance to sign up and register for the chance to win $50 cash. The winner will be announced during the second half and they have to be in attendance to be eligible for the prize. Also, students who sign up at every home game will have a chance to win a prize pack at the end of the season.
Monday is also "Book the Bears Day." Fans who donate a new or fairly new children's book will receive admission for just a $1. All of the books will be donated to the Reach Out and Read site, with ETSU Physicians and Associates.
Fans unable to make the trip to the Dome can listen to all the action on WXSM-AM 640 as Voice of the Lady Bucs John Stevens will carry the play-by-play. Live video streaming will also be available on A-Sun.TV, while live stats will be offered via Gametracker.
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