CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Dec. 27, 2010) - After having a few days off to enjoy the holiday season, the ETSU women's basketball team returns to action as the Lady Bucs face Holy Cross in the opening game of the Marriott Cavalier Classic on Tuesday afternoon. Tip is set for 4:30 p.m. inside John Paul Jones Arena, located on the University of Virginia's campus.
ETSU (3-6) looks to bounce back into the win column after suffering a 102-53 setback at fifth-ranked Tennessee last Wednesday night in Knoxville. Freshman Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and junior forward Gwen Washington (Manassas, Va.) each netted 10 points for the Lady Bucs, while Washington just missed a double-double after pulling down nine rebounds. The Lady Vols shot over 80 percent from the field to start the first 13 minutes of the second half, and ETSU had no answer for the shooting surge inside Thompson-Boling Arena. However, ETSU held its own in the first half as the Lady Bucs pulled to within eight points midway during the stanza and trailed by 14 points at the break.
Like the Lady Bucs, Holy Cross (4-7) is entering play off a loss as the Crusaders fell 76-65 at Northeastern back on Dec. 21. Holy Cross has dropped three straight since defeating Maine back on Dec. 3, and the Crusaders are led by the strong duo of Alex Smith and Whitney Fremeau. Smith, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard, is averaging 12.5 points and has knocked down 35 three-pointers on the season. Meanwhile, Fremeau, a 6-foot senior forward, is also posting 12.5 points per contest. Smith netted six three-pointers and finished with 22 points, while Fremeau registered 19 points in the 11-point loss at Northeastern.
This tournament marks the final non-conference games of the season for ETSU as the Lady Bucs will face either host Virginia or North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Cavaliers and Aggies tip off after the ETSU contest Tuesday night, and the winners of both games play for the tournament championship Wednesday night following the consolation game.
Virginia has won four of its last six games and enters the tournament with a 7-5 record. The Cavaliers are coming off an 82-80 loss at James Madison last time out on Dec. 20. Virginia is a perfect 5-0 at home and is led by 6-foot-2 junior forward Chelsea Shine's 11.0 points and six rebounds.
North Carolina A&T is coming off a 76-51 loss at Memphis on Dec. 19 and the Aggies are currently 3-5 on the year. Senior guard/forward Jaleesa Sams is averaging 15.0 of the Aggies' 64.5 points per game through eight games, while Jaquayla Berry is recording 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
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