JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2008) - With only four regular season games remaining, the ETSU women's basketball team controls its own destiny for the number one seed in the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Lady Bucs look to keep the top seed intact Monday night when they close out their final home game against Belmont at 7 p.m. inside Memorial Center.
ETSU currently stands 14-11, 10-2 in conference play, and have won its last five home games. Even though the Lady Bucs are tied with Jacksonville in the league standings, ETSU holds the tiebreaker over the Dolphins. The Lady Bucs snapped JU's 17-game home win streak with their 80-74 victory on Jan. 28 inside Swisher Gymnasium.
A win tomorrow tonight would mark ETSU's fourth Atlantic Sun weekend sweep of the season. The Lady Bucs began the weekend with an 89-65 victory over Lipscomb on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. Four ETSU players scored in double figures as sophomore Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds.
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The Belmont women's basketball team is looking to break from the middle of the pack in the race for the top of the Atlantic Sun as league play enters its final stretch. The Bruins are led in scoring by senior Brooke Sunday, who is averaging 13.6 points per game. She also holds the second best field-goal percentage in the league and is fifth in scoring. Sunday is ranked 18th in the nation in field-goal percentage as well. Junior Jessica Bobbitt leads the glass cleaners on the BU squad, averaging 7.5 rebounds per outing. She also leads the A-Sun and is 19th in the country in blocked shots.
Belmont is currently battling G'Webb for the third seed in the conference tournament and has a very slim chance to win a piece of the regular season crown. A loss tomorrow night would end its chances of repeating as regular season conference champions.
As a team, Belmont currently stands at 13-12, 7-5 in A-Sun play, and is scoring 61.5 points per game but allowing 63.2 per contest. The Bruins have won two straight and are coming off a 63-57 win over USC Upstate Saturday.
Belmont holds a one-game advantage in the series, 5-4; however, the Lady Bucs took the last meeting, 73-63, on Jan. 21 in Nashville. Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) led the way with 17 points, and ETSU out-rebounded Belmont, 41-30. The Bruins won the last meeting inside Memorial Center, 78-69, thanks to Alysha Clark's 32-point, 14-rebound effort. Unfortunately, for the Bruins, Clark is gone (transferred to MTSU) and they are a completely different team this season.
More About Saturday's Win vs. Lipscomb...
The Lady Bucs extended its home win streak to five games with their 24-point win over the Lady Bisons, 89-65 ... the 89 points marked the second highest point total this season for ETSU ... Kami Phillips (Augusta, Ga.) dished out a career-high eight assists, while the Lady Bucs tied a season-best with 23 ... Kelly Turman started in her first game since Feb. 23, 2006, marking her third career start at ETSU ... the Lady Buc bench outscored Lipscomb's by 14, 41-27.
Thank You Seniors!!!
Today marks the final home game for four spectacular seniors. Nichelle Akers (Sumter, S.C), Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio), Jenny Norman (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Kelly Turman (Atlanta) have made a huge impact in the recent success of Lady Buccaneer basketball. DeVault is the all-time three-point shooter at ETSU (206 made treys), Akers' defensive pressure gives the opposing point guard fits (was also the 2006 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year), Turman sparks the Lady Bucs off the bench with 6.7 points per game and always can be counted on to hit a clutch basket, and Norman's soft touch has lifted ETSU in its 12 conference games (averaging 10.9 points and hitting nearly 60 percent of her shots). In total, these seniors have combined to play in 422 games.
A Look Ahead
The Lady Bucs close out the 2007-08 season with three straight road games, beginning Saturday afternoon at Campbell. Tip is set for 1 p.m. inside Carter Gym.
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