JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2012) – After the second largest crowd in ETSU women’s basketball history nearly saw the Lady Bucs upset Southeastern Conference foe LSU, head coach Karen Kemp, her staff, and players want to send out a big “Thank You” for all the fan support inside the MSHA Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
“Last night we had an electric NCAA Division I basketball atmosphere inside the Dome, and my players, staff, and I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Lady Bucs,” said Kemp. “The marketing department, along with the women’s basketball grant team, put in a lot of hard work and I want to thank them as well for getting the word out. I hope we won over some new fans, and hopefully we will see you back inside the Dome once we come home from our road swing.”
Over 4,000 fans filled the Dome on Tuesday night as the Lady Bucs hosted a SEC foe for the second time in the last four years, and the ETSU faithful were treated to an exciting game.
ETSU led for the majority of the first half and held a four-point lead (63-59) with two minutes left in regulation; however, Swayze Black’s jumper as time expired counted and sent the game into overtime. From there, the Blue and Gold led by three in the extra stanza, but LSU scored the final five points of the game to survive the scare, 71-68.
Prior to the game, fans were treated to a free Pizza Inn tailgate party, while the first 750 fans received an ETSU T-Shirt. During the game, $350 in cash was given away to lucky fans – and after the Lady Bucs came out of the locker room – the fans were treated to a postgame autograph session with the team.
The Lady Bucs, who now embark on a critical three-game conference road swing, still have four home games remaining, beginning Thursday, Feb. 9 against Jacksonville. Following the game with the Dolphins, ETSU hosts North Florida on Feb. 11, while closing out the regular season with home contests with Stetson (Feb. 23) and league-leading Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 25).
“Again, the Lady Bucs truly want to thank everyone for their support last night, and we hope to see you back in the Dome later this season,” added Kemp.
Coach Kemp’s motto has always been, “Come watch us play once and hopefully you’ll be hooked.”
Hopefully the Lady Bucs reeled in some new fans Tuesday night.
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