DeLAND, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2009) - Since opening the season with a disappointing 1-5 mark, the ETSU women's basketball team have quickly made a surge by winning five of its last six games - including three straight. On Saturday night the Lady Bucs look to remain red hot when they take on Stetson. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. inside the
ETSU is coming off an impressive 75-67 victory over
Stetson has lost three of its last four and is coming off a heartbreaking 57-54 loss to USC Upstate on Thursday night. Sharnesha Smith poured in a game-high 18 points and Jessica Conner posted a double-double (10 points/13 rebounds), but the Hatters couldn't stop the outside shooting from the Spartans. Upstate hit eight 3-pointers, compared to only two from Stetson, and with the Hatters trailing by one with less than 10 seconds to go poor free throw shooting set in. Ashli Jackson missed a pair of freebies with seven seconds remaining and Upstate's Courtney Bradley made it a three-point win after hitting two free throws with five seconds on the clock. Stetson couldn't get off a final shot to tie the game.
Smith leads the Hatters in scoring (11.5) and assists (4.9), while Conner is the leading rebounder at 7.1 per game. Stetson is averaging 60.9 points per game, but allowing its opponents to score 68.2 (-7.3 scoring margin); however, the Hatters have enjoyed their home court advantage - going 3-1 inside the
The Lady Bucs lead the all-time series (5-1) and have won all five meetings since joining the A-Sun in 2005-06. ETSU knocked off the Hatters, 73-62, in the lone meeting last season inside the
Fans unable to make the trip to the
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