JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2008) - After starting the New Year with back-to-back wins, the ETSU women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the '08 portion of the season Tuesday night against Liberty in a non-conference showdown, and now the Lady Buccaneers look to get back on track as they host conference foe Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon. Tip is slated for 1:30 p.m. inside
After dropping a pair of games to the Runnin' Bulldogs in their first season playing in the Atlantic Sun, the Lady Buccaneers were able to return the favor; sweeping GWU by an average of 19.5 points per game last season. ETSU (5-8, 1-0) defeated Gardner-Webb (6-9, 2-0), 81-68, last Jan. 13 in Paul Porter Arena, and then followed that up with a 26-point rout in
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Below is a breakdown of Saturday's match-up:
Lady Bucs' Last Time Out
Typically the East Tennessee State women's basketball team is golden when taking a lead into halftime; however, Tuesday night Liberty had different plans in store as they knocked off the Lady Buccaneers, 64-60, in a hard fought non-conference battle inside Memorial Center.
Entering Tuesday night's match-up, the Lady Bucs were a perfect 4-0 when leading at the break this season, and with ETSU holding a 30-29 advantage after the first 20 minutes things looked great for the home team. Unfortunately,
Liberty, who currently has an RPI of 35 and is receiving votes in the USA Today ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll, have now won 11 of its last 12 games to move to 13-2 overall. On the other side, ETSU was searching for its first three-game winning streak this season, but fall to 5-8 after its first 13 contests.
Despite being used in limited action with a foot injury, sophomore guard Siarre Evans (
The Gardner-Webb women's basketball team is one of the youngest teams in the NCAA this season, boasting just one senior on the roster. The squad is still learning to play together, but as redshirt-sophomores Jessica Bryant and Laura Povilonyte return to form after missing last season, the Bulldogs will once again vie for the coveted A-Sun title.
GWU nearly pulled off the conference's first-ever victory over a BIG EAST team and has put together solid offensive games thus far on the season. Sophomore Margaret Roundtree leads the team in scoring (13.6), and rookie Monique Hudson follows right behind with 12.5 points per game. Roundtree is also leading the team in rebounding at 8.1 boards per contest.
The Runnin' Bulldogs open conference play with a perfect 2-0 start, and have won four straight games entering Saturday's match-up. GWU beat Lipscomb (82-70) and Belmont (75-62) to notch them in a tie for first atop the league standings. During the winning stretch the Runnin' Bulldogs have also defeated UNC Asheville (82-70) and
As a team, GWU is leading the A-Sun with a 41-percent shooting clip and average 67.4 points per game. The Runnin' Bulldogs are still searching for their first road win of the season as they stand 0-4 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites. GWU's last win away from Boiling Springs was on March 8, 2007, when they defeated
This afternoon marks the fifth meeting between the two programs with both teams taking two games in the short-lived series. Gardner-Webb swept the Lady Bucs during the 2005-06 season; however, ETSU paid back the favor by knocking off the Runnin' Bulldogs twice a year ago (by an average of 19.5 points). The Lady Bucs downed GWU by 13, 81-68, in Boiling Springs, then beat them inside
Home Sweet Home
The Lady Bucs have enjoyed the home court advantage. Since the start of the 2005-06 season, ETSU has won 23 of its 30 (.767) games played in
Lady Bucs Havin' Fun in the A-Sun
Prior to the season, ETSU was picked to finish first in the conference according to the media and second by the coaches. The Lady Bucs start their third season in the league after posting stellar starts the previous two years. During the last two seasons, ETSU has tallied 28 regular season conference wins and the Lady Bucs have the highest winning percentage among conference foes both all-time and in conference play. ETSU is currently 41-15 (.732) all-time against current A-Sun members and 30-12 (.714) in league play (including the conference tournament). The Lady Bucs have perfect 4-0 marks against
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