ETSU women face next challenge Monday night at Elon

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Elon, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2004) -- East Tennessee State (13-11, 13-5 SoCon) defeated UNC Greensboro, 65-60 on Saturday, and will attempt to continue its recent success on the road Monday night at Elon (15-10, 11-7 SoCon). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym.

If the Lady Bucs win one of their two remaining regular-season games, then they will clinch at least a No. 3 seed at the upcoming Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championships March 3-6. With Saturday's win at UNCG, ETSU inched ever closer to securing a top-three finish in the SoCon standings and garnered its 13th conference victory of the season, a new school record.

Furthermore, the Lady Bucs have now won a school-record five straight road games after beginning the season 0-6 away from Johnson City. Head coach Karen Kemp has also guided her team to a 5-1 record in the month of February and will attempt to extend her season-best winning streak to five games Monday night.

SoCon Player of the Year hopeful Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) has netted 20-plus points in five of her last six outings. Mayes is second in the SoCon in scoring (15.7 ppg.) and continues to lead the league in rebounds per game (9.4). She tied a career high with 24 points against UNCG, in helping ETSU to its eighth come-from-behind victory of the season when trailing at halftime.

Despite losing Holly Andrews earlier this month to a career-ending knee injury, Elon has still managed to find ways to win. Andrews, who was averaging 18.9 ppg. this season prior to her injury and is one of the school's most prolific female athletes, reinjured her knee during an attempted comeback on Feb. 7 after suffering an ACL tear back on Jan. 17. She officially announced her career at Elon was over on Feb. 11. But the Phoenix have continued to impress even without their star guard. The team won six of its last eight contests prior to Saturday's 58-42 setback to Chattanooga. Elon is 8-3 on its home court going into Monday's game and is 28-5 at Alumni Gym over the last four seasons.

Center Courtney Nyborg averages 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.7 blocks per game. Elon is one of the best shooting teams in the SoCon, connecting on 42.4% of its field goals and 33.3% from three-point range. Brianne Gray is the conference's top marksman (57.2%), followedy by Nyborg (56.9%). Jessica Williams is one of the SoCon's best three-point shooters -- Williams shoots 36.5% from beyond the arc. She has made a league-best 58 threes this season and is second on the team among active players in scoring (9.2 ppg.). In addition, Elon will be playing with extra inspiration on Monday, as the Phoenix will be celebrating their annual "Senior Night."

With two games to left before the tournament, ETSU is in the driver's seat with just five conference losses. The Lady Bucs are tied with Furman for second place in the SoCon standings, but the Paladins hold the tie-breaker over the ETSU after sweeping the season series. Elon and Davidson each have seven conference losses and each have to travel to Furman next week. If the Lady Bucs can win out and Furman loses to Elon and/or Davidson, then ETSU would become the No. 2 seed at the SoCon tourney. ETSU was picked to finish 10th in the SoCon Preaseason Poll, voted on by the league's coaches.

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MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville Freedom Hall
Nov 22, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 23, 7:00 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament (Semifinals)
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Southern Conference Tournament (Championship)
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State