JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2012) – Coming off a heartbreaking loss at North Florida on Thursday night, the ETSU women’s basketball team looks to bounce back into the win column on Saturday afternoon when the Lady Bucs face Jacksonville. Tip is set for 1 p.m. inside Veterans Memorial Arena.
ETSU (4-12, 3-3 A-Sun) let one slip away at North Florida as the Lady Bucs led by as many as 13 points in the second half and got outscored 18-3 in the final 5 minutes, 52 seconds en route to the Ospreys rallying for the 70-67 home win. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak in the month of January for the Lady Bucs, while also putting the Blue and Gold in a four-way tie for third-place in the conference standings.
Senior forward Gwen Washington (Manassas, Va.) led the Lady Bucs with 13 points, four rebounds, and two steals at UNF, while moving a little closer to the 1,000-point club. The Manassas, Va. native is now 69 points shy of becoming the 20th player in ETSU history to reach the club. Along with Washington’s production, freshman guard/forward Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to add 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in a season-high 23 minutes of play. Overall, the Lady Buccaneer bench accounted for 66 percent of the scoring (44 total points) against the Ospreys.
One of the teams jumbled up in the four-way tie for third is Jacksonville – who enters Saturday’s game with a record of 5-12, 3-3.
The Dolphins have won five straight home games including an 80-72 win over USC Upstate on Thursday night inside Swisher Gym. Five Jacksonville players scored in double figures as 6-foot junior forward Tracie Sneed finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while 5-foot-10 sophomore forward Jade Cargill added a double-double of her own (15 points/13 rebounds). As a team, Jacksonville went to the free throw line 23 more times than USC Upstate. The Dolphins went 24-for-35 at the line, compared to the Spartans’ 10-of-12 showing.
Sneed, Cargill and Crystal Bell are all averaging double figures in scoring for Jacksonville in its six conference games. Bell, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, leads the team with 14.2 points per game, while Cargill is nearly averaging a double-double (12.7 points/9.7 rebounds) in six league games. Sneed is recording 13 points and 6.7 rebounds in 31.8 minutes against conference foes.
The Lady Bucs lead the all-time series, 13-2, but it was Jacksonville who ended ETSU’s chance for a fourth straight A-Sun Tournament title last March. The Dolphins – who were the No. 5 seed – pulled off the 61-59 upset over the top-seeded Lady Bucs back on March 4 inside Mercer’s University Center. Prior to the loss, the Lady Bucs had won 10 straight over Jacksonville, including wins in the 2008 and 2009 A-Sun Championship games. Last season, ETSU outscored Jacksonville 45-21 in the second half to capture a Senior Day win (75-65) for Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Latisha Belcher (Martinsburg, Va.) back on Feb. 14. In Jacksonville, the Lady Bucs won the game at the free throw line as ETSU went 25-for-30 at the charity stripe en route to defeating the Dolphins, 69-62, back on Jan. 15 inside Veterans Memorial Arena.
Fans unable to make the trip to Jacksonville can listen to all the action on WXSM-AM 640 The Extreme Sports Monster as “Voice of the Lady Bucs” John Stevens will call the play-by-play. Live video will also be available on ASun.TV, while live stats will be offered via JUDolphins.com.
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