Lady Bucs put winning streak on the line Thursday at Stetson

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DELAND, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2011) – One streak will end and another will continue on Thursday morning when the ETSU women’s basketball team faces defending Atlantic Sun Tournament champion, Stetson, in its conference opener.

The Lady Bucs – who have dropped their first six games to start the season – have won 12 consecutive against the Hatters since joining the A-Sun in 2005-06.

Which streak will end on Thursday morning inside the Edmunds Center?

Tune into WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster at 10:30 a.m. for the Atmos Energy Pregame Show, as “Voice of the Lady Bucs” John Stevens will carry the play-by-play with the opening tip at 11 a.m.

ETSU (0-6) is coming off a 66-39 setback at Richmond on Monday night where the Lady Bucs shot a season-low 23 percent (14-61) from the field and had their 86 game streak of recording at least one three-point field goal made come to an end (0-13). Sophomore Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) led the Blue and Gold with nine points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes of work off the bench, marking her first game she hasn’t started for ETSU in her young career (30 total games).

Meanwhile, Stetson – who was picked second in the A-Sun Preseason Coaches’ Poll – enters Thursday’s game with a 5-2 mark.

The Hatters had their four-game winning streak come to halt on Monday night after losing at South Florida, 77-62. Shanasa Sanders scored a game-high 24 points for Stetson, but it wasn’t enough as the Hatters were outscored 43-27 in the second half en route to being defeated by 15 points. Sophomore Sasha Sims added a double-double after recording 14 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes of work against the Bulls.

Stetson boasts two of the top three scorers in the conference as Sanders is averaging 15.1 points per game and Preseason Player of the Year selection, Victoria McGowan, is right behind her teammate at 15.0 ppg. As a team, the Hatters rank second in the A-Sun in scoring offense (66.7) and second in scoring defense (64.1).

The Lady Bucs have won 12 of the 13 games in the series with Stetson’s lone win coming exactly 16 years ago (Dec. 1, 1995) at the Krystal Holiday Tournament in Cookeville, Tenn. Stetson nearly pulled off the win last season in Johnson City, but Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) tied the game with a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation and the Lady Bucs outscored the Hatters by four in overtime to secure the 78-74 victory. Last February, Mitchell recorded one of her 11 double-doubles – finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds – as the Blue and Gold defeated Stetson, 80-62, in DeLand.

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