ETSU continues season-opening road test
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 16, 2012) – The ETSU women’s basketball team faces off against a long-time rival on Saturday afternoon, as it heads to McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., for its 73rd all-time meeting with the Chattanooga Lady Mocs.
Tip between ETSU (0-1) and Chattanooga (2-0) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Bucs will be searching for their first win of the young season after falling to High Point last Saturday on the road. The loss was ETSU’s second straight in a season opener, losing the first game last year, 87-76, to Tennessee Tech. The Tech loss started a 10-game slide to open the 2011-12 season, before the Lady Bucs stopped the bleeding at home with a nine-point win against Morehead State.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU’s 2012-13 season tipped off in High Point, N.C., but despite reaching the 75-point plateau – where ETSU is 103-17 since 2002 – and despite junior guard Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) scoring 26 points, the Lady Bucs began the season in the loss column, 85-76. The Panthers were led by Cheyenne Parker and Erin Reynolds, who each posted a double-double in the win. Parker went off for a game-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting, and attacked the glass for 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Reynolds scored 24 points, including a 10-of-10 mark from the charity stripe, and dished out 11 assists.
As a team, ETSU shot 41.8 percent (28-67) from the field, while High Point shot 47.5 percent (29-61). Where the Panthers really edged the Lady Bucs was from beyond the arc, going 10-for-20 in the game compared to ETSU making just three baskets on nine attempts.
Scouting the Lady Mocs
Chattanooga has been impressive in the early going. The Lady Mocs opened the season against the 20th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols, and came away victorious, 80-71, at McKenzie Arena. On Wednesday, Chattanooga made it two wins in a row to start the year by blowing out the Ohio Valley Conference’s newest member, Belmont, 84-54, in Nashville.
Taylor Hall has been the Lady Mocs’ go-to player so far, averaging 20 points through the first two games. Hall put up 24 points and nine rebounds in the win over Tennessee to lead all scorers and rebounders, and followed that up with a game-high 16 points to help defeat Belmont. Ashlen Dewart ranks second on the team with 10 points per game, playing 16 minutes off the bench against UT and 14 minutes off the bench at Belmont.
Chattanooga holds a commanding 51-21 lead in the all-time series, extending the margin to 30 last year by defeating ETSU, 88-80, in Johnson City. The two meetings prior went to the Lady Bucs, including a 16-point win, 77-60, two years ago in the last meeting at McKenzie Arena.
Live stats and live video will be provided by GoMocs.com. Live audio can also be accessed on UTC’s website, or by listening to 105.1FM in the local area.
- Chattanooga holds a big lead in the all-time series, but Lady Bucs have won two of the last three meetings, including the last to come at McKenzie Arena.
- Destiny Mitchell is well on her way to joining ETSU’s 1,000-point club, as the junior guard now has 740 after scoring 26 in the season opener at High Point.
- When losing the season opener, ETSU is 1-6 in its next game since the 2000-01 season.
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