Game one of ETSU doubleheader in Brooks Gym
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 17, 2012) – The ETSU women’s basketball team will square off against Appalachian State on Tuesday inside historic Brooks Gym at 4:45 p.m. The game has been moved to Brooks Gym due to the ongoing renovations to the lighting system for basketball inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
ETSU (2-3) will be looking to improve their record to .500 for the second time this season. After opening the season with two straight losses, the Lady Bucs strung together two consecutive wins at home to Memphis and on the road against Morehead State. ETSU has been led by the great numbers put up by Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.), who is averaging 17.5 points, but missed last Thursday’s game at LSU after suffering a concussion earlier in the week during practice. Mitchell most recently put in a 15-point effort in the win at Morehead State. She also leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in points per game, as well as field goal percentage (52.8 percent), free throw percentage (87.5 percent), steals (3.0 per game) and offensive rebounds (4.8). Mitchell is also tied for fifth in the conference in total rebounds (8.0).
Just behind Mitchell in terms of points through the early going is newcomer Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.). Over the first five games of the season, McQueen is averaging 9.6 points, which includes an 18-point performance in her first ever collegiate game at High Point. McQueen also averages 3.6 rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) enters Tuesday as ETSU’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.4 boards after a pair of ten rebound performances consecutively against Morehead State and LSU. Clark is also among the A-Sun’s top five in offensive rebounds, averaging 3.8 per contest.
Scouting the Mountaineers
Appalachian State (6-1) has reeled off five straight victories after dropping a close, 71-68, decision at Virginia Tech on Nov. 14. The Mountaineers most recently blew past Georgia Southern with a 79-47 victory on Dec. 3. Appalachian State currently holds a 1-1 record on the road this season, with their lone win coming on Nov. 30 at Xavier. The Mountaineers quickly recovered from their loss to Virginia Tech with home victories against Campbell and Norfolk State to begin their five-game winning streak.
Anna Freeman leads the way for the Mountaineers, averaging 21.0 points through the first seven games. Freeman needs only three points to become Appalachian State’s No. 4 all-time leading scorer. The senior is 53-of-104 (51.0 percent) from the field and is 28-of-29 (96.6 percent) from the free throw line this season. Freeman is also the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 7.9 boards per contest.
ETSU’s Last Outing
The Lady Bucs got behind early to LSU and couldn’t recover, falling in their worst loss of the season, 76-42. The Lady Tigers scored 22 of the game’s first 30 points and quickly took command of the game. ETSU cut the LSU lead to 14 late in the second half, but the Lady Tigers ended the half on a 7-0 run and took a 21-point lead into halftime. LSU charged again early in the second half by scoring the first eight points which proved too much for ETSU to overcome. For the second time this year, ETSU was held to under 30 percent as a team, shooting 26.6 percent (17-64 FG), and was held to just one make out of 16 attempts from the three-point line.
ETSU was behind the eight ball from the jump with leading scorer Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) sidelined. The Lady Bucs were paced by Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) and Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) who posted 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) chipped in 10 rebounds as well.
Tuesday’s game marks the 71st time Appalachian State and ETSU will meet. The Mountaineers hold a 38-32 all-time edge and have won the last three meetings against the Lady Bucs. The last meeting was an 89-65 loss at Appalachian State on Nov. 21, 2011, which saw Brianna Bogard (Georgetown, Texas) contribute nine points and four assists.
Live video of Tuesday night’s contest will be available for free on ASun.TV, and live audio can be found on ETSUBucs.com or by listening to 640-WXSM, The Xtreme Sports Monster, on your AM radio. Live stats will be provided through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com.
- ETSU and Appalachian State are meeting for the first time since Nov. 21, 2011, when the Mountaineers beat the Lady Bucs, 89-65, inside the Holmes Center in Boone, N.C.
- Destiny Mitchell also leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in points per game, as well as field goal percentage (52.8 percent), free throw percentage (87.5 percent), steals (3.0 per game) and offensive rebounds (4.8). Mitchell is also tied for fifth in the conference in total rebounds (8.0).
- Serena Clark ranks No. 3 in the A-Sun in offensive rebounds (3.8 per game) and has posted consecutive 10-rebound performances.
- Tosha Austin ranks No. 2 in the A-Sun in blocks (1.4 per game).
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