Women's hoops begin three-game road swing Thursday night at Florida Gulf Coast

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2009) - The ETSU women's basketball team continues on with its brutal stretch where they play seven games in a 15-day span. Stop number three on this NBA style tour makes its way to Florida Gulf Coast, as the Lady Bucs face the Eagles Thursday night at 5 p.m. inside Alico Arena.


The Lady Bucs have won four of their last five, and are coming off back-to-back wins over Jacksonville and UNF. In the two wins over the Jacksonville schools, juniors TaRonda Wiles (Danville, Va.) and Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.), along with sophomore Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) have helped guide the way for the Lady Bucs. Wiles is averaging 15.0 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks during this stretch, while Belcher is contributing with 13 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. In addition, Davis is ETSU's spark off the bench, as she is scoring nine points and grabbing 3.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes.


After winning four of its last five games, the Lady Bucs have moved their record to 5-6, 3-1. 


ETSU and FGCU have only met once in the all-time series, with the Eagles coming away with a 71-66 win back on Feb. 11, 2008 in Fort Myers. The Eagles flew out to a 15-2 start and absorbed every blow the Lady Bucs gave them. The Lady Bucs shot 50-percent from the floor, but went 0-for-9 from beyond the arc, snapping their consecutive streak of 101 games with a 3-pointer. Wiles led the way with 14 points, while Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) finished with 12 points and six rebounds.


The Eagles are coming off a 60-55 loss at Belmont Monday night, but are a perfect 5-0 at home this season. Like ETSU, FGCU has three players scoring in double figures, with junior Adrianne McNally leading the way with 14.3 points per game. Gulf Coast leads the Atlantic Sun in 3-point shooting (33.9 percent) and has hit a league-leading 8.8 treys per game. Five Eagle players have already hit 10-plus 3-pointers on the year, compared to two by ETSU (Davis and Evans).


Florida Gulf Coast - who represented the Atlantic Sun in the postseason WNIT last season - have won five of its last six games and bring a 9-3, 2-2 record into conference play on Thursday night.


Fans unable to make the trip to the Sunshine State can view all the action online through ASun.TV. Live stats will also be available by clicking the link above.


For more information on Lady Buccaneer basketball, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.


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