JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2008) - It will be a jammed pack day for the ETSU women's basketball team Saturday afternoon as they honor four spectacular seniors, create awareness for breast cancer and look to remain tied for first in the Atlantic Sun standings when the Lady Bucs host Lipscomb. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m. inside
The senior class of Nichelle Akers (
The road for the Lady Bucs' goal of winning the conference championship will not be easy after suffering a 71-66 setback to
ETSU's first task begins Saturday afternoon as they look to hand the Lady Bisons their sixth loss in the short-lived series. The Lady Bucs have controlled most of the action in the six games, except for a slight slip up last season inside Allen Arena (L, 52-57). In the six meetings, ETSU is averaging a 20-point win and forcing Lipscomb to cough the ball up 28.2 times per game.
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Since the start of Atlantic Sun Conference play the Lady Bisons have elevated the quality of their play. Leading the way is junior forward Jilian Partin and junior post Katie Rollins. Partin has been a double threat in both points and rebounds. She is in the top 15 in scoring in A-Sun games only and is second in rebounding in conference games. Rollins leads the way with 10.1 points per game in her 24 games played. The Lady Bisons have also had improved from junior post Kaleigh Gossman and freshman guard Jenna Bartsokas.
As a team, Lipscomb has played a difficult non-conference schedule as they made trips to
After being selected sixth in the coaches poll, head coach Frank Bennett still has his club in a battle for a third seed in the conference tournament that Lipscomb will be hosting next month. Despite standing at 4-7, the Lady Bisons are only two games back from the third seed with five contests remaining.
ETSU have won five of the six games in the series, including a 77-55 thrashing last month inside Allen Arena. The Lady Bucs' lone loss came last season in
More About Monday's Loss at
The Lady Bucs saw their program-record eight-game conference win streak and season-long seven game winning streak come to an end with the 71-66 loss inside Alico Arena Monday night ... ETSU also had its streak of 101 games with a three-pointer snapped (0-for-9) and shot a dismal and season-low 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the charity stripe ... that loss and JU's loss at Belmont puts ETSU, Jacksonville and FGCU in a tie for first at 9-2 in the league.
Thank You Seniors!!!
Today marks the second-to-last regular season home game for four spectacular seniors. Nichelle Akers, Michele DeVault, Jenny Norman and Kelly Turman have made a huge impact in the recent success of Lady Buccaneer basketball. DeVault is the all-time three-point shooter at ETSU (202 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 6.9 points per game and always can be counted on to hit a clutch basket, and Norman's soft touch has lifted ETSU in its 11 conference games (averaging 10.6 points and hitting nearly 60 percent of her shots). In total, these seniors have combined to play in 418 games.
Think Pink Week
From Feb. 8-17, over 900 schools will participate in the WBCA's "Think Pink" Week, which is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Today marks ETSU's "Think Pink" day, which is why the Lady Buccaneers are sporting pink shoelaces and staff is wearing pink.
Posting a 20-12 mark last season and going 18-10 the year prior, the Lady Bucs made it back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since the end of the 2000 season. This year ETSU is looking for its third consecutive winning season for the first time since the end of the 1983-84 campaign. In order to accomplish the feat, the Lady Bucs will have to at least go 2-3 in their final five regular season games and win one game in the A-Sun Tournament.
A Look Ahead
ETSU closes out its 2007-08 home schedule when
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