Lady Bucs hit the hardwood for first time on Friday
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Friday, October 16, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2009) - Basketball season is upon us in Johnson City.

 

The Lady Bucs began their official start of the 2009-10 season inside Memorial Center on Friday evening with a three-hour long practice.

 

"The first day of practice is always an exciting day for both the coaching staff and players," commented head ETSU women's basketball coach Karen Kemp, who returns for her 16th season and looks to guide the Lady Bucs to a program best fifth straight winning campaign. "The first couple days of practice are always a learning curve for everyone, since this is the first time the coaching staff can see the team play together. Overall, day one was a success, and we look forward to the upcoming weeks ahead as we prepare for our season-opener."

 

ETSU, who returns eight letterwinners (including all five starters) from last season's squad that made the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, also brought in seven fresh faces to the team this off-season.

 

ETSU was tabbed the Atlantic Sun Tournament favorite last week in both the coaches' and media polls, while senior Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) was listed as the Preseason Player of the Year. Along with Evans, fellow senior leaders TaRonda Wiles (Danville, Va.) and Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) were also voted to the preseason all-conference team.

 

The Lady Bucs have a daunting task ahead of them this season, as ETSU faces seven teams (4 NCAAs/3 WNIT) from postseason play a year ago, as well as ETSU taking its first-ever visit to Hawaii during the Thanksgiving holiday. In total, six of the eight Lady Buccaneer non-conference opponents made trips to the postseason - including one to the Elite Eight and another to the Sweet 16.  

 

Prior to its regular season and home-opener on Friday, Nov. 13 against former SoCon rival Chattanooga, ETSU will play two exhibition contests - beginning Sunday, Nov. 1 against Cumberlands. Following the game with the Patriots, the Lady Bucs host King College on Saturday, Nov. 7.

 

Fans can catch a preview of both the ETSU women's and men's basketball programs on Thursday, October 22 during the Bluenanza Tip Off Special. For more information regarding Bluenanza, visit http://www.etsubucs.com/sports/wbball/release.asp?RELEASE_ID=11924.

 

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

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