Women's hoops prepares for weekend competition, Mayes nationally ranked
Women's hoops prepares for weekend competition, Mayes nationally ranked
Wednesday, December 15, 2004

(Dec. 15, 2004) -  The Lady Bucs basketball team is enjoying a lengthy 12-day break for final exams of the 2004 fall semester, however constantly preparing for the upcoming seven-game homestand.  ETSU enjoys a 3-4 overall record, while with the win over SoCon foe Elon on Dec. 3, the Lady Bucs sit at 1-0 in conference play.  Hosting Wofford on Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Brooks Gymnasium, and Furman on Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Center, ETSU is anxious to hit the court.


Last time out the Lady Bucs battled against an undefeated Charlotte 49'ers team eventually falling 68-79 despite a late run by the ETSU offense to make for an exciting finish.  Although ETSU didn't prove victorious at the end, Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) posted a career-high 30 points, going 11-20 from the field and 8-10 from the charity stripe.  Junior point guard B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) posted solid numbers for ETSU as well, her 18 points and four assists helped the late ETSU offensive spark.


Lady Bucs forward Mayes is currently 21st in the nation averaging 19.7 ppg. while also posting a team-leading 33.4 mpg, and 7.7 rpg.  Mayes' 19.7 ppg. is nearly 11 points better than her career average of 8.4 ppg.  From the point guard position, Banjo has posted 24 assists and is averaging 14.1 ppg, 32.0 mpg, and boasts a team-leading 86 percent (38-44) from the free-throw line.  Head coach Kemp has used the same starting line-up in all seven contests thus far, the Holly Moring (Irmo, S.C.), Brooke Wilhoit (Sevierville, Tenn.), Candace Gibson (Warner Robins, Ga.), Mayes and Banjo line-up has accounted for 372 of the team's 456 points - nearly 82 percent of all points scored in 2004-05.


Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp is very excited about the level of play that ETSU has shown so far, including the six newcomers to the 2004-05 squad:


"I am very pleased with the way that our team has come together this fall.  Our returning players have shown great leadership and our newcomers continue to contribute to our success so far," Kemp said.  "Tiffani being nationally recognized is a testament to her hard work and a great honor for our team."


The approaching seven-game homestand includes non-conference action versus Mississippi State, the first meeting between the two schools, as well as competition against SoCon competitors Georgia Southern, Chattanooga, Davidson and Western Carolina.  For updated stats and game stories, continue to visit ETSUBucs.com.