ETSU and UNC will have met each of the past four seasons
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Dec. 28, 2012) – The ETSU women’s basketball team hits the road for the fifth time this season as the Lady Bucs close non-conference play with a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the No. 16/23 North Carolina Tar Heels at 2 p.m. ET inside Carmichael Arena.
ETSU (2-4) will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak, having dropped a road contest at LSU and a home meeting with Appalachian State. Bouncing back will be quite the challenge against the nationally-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels who are coming off back-to-back wins against Coastal Carolina and East Carolina. The game will be streamed live through GoHeels TV on GoHeels.com and live radio will be streamed through Tar Heel Sports Network which is linked through GoHeels.com as well. Live stats can also be found on GoHeels.com.
Though the contest will be a challenge, ETSU and UNC are familiar with one another, having met eight times over the past 17 seasons, with Friday’s matchup being the fourth in the four years. The most recent meeting was on Dec. 11, 2011, when the Tar Heels bested the Lady Bucs 93-77 inside Carmichael Arena.
For more on Friday’s game read the game notes below. For more on ETSU women’s basketball throughout the 2012-13 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s hoops link.
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LAST TIME OUT
ETSU (2-4) welcomed Appalachian State (7-1) on Tuesday night in Johnson City, Tenn. The Lady Bucs got off to a slow start and were trailing by 13 points midway through the first half. ETSU battled back though and cut the deficit to four going into halftime. They carried the momentum over to the second half and took a one-point lead seven minutes into the second half. The lead was short-lived as ASU went on a 36-7 run over the final 13 minutes to break the game open, resulting in a 85-57 loss. Newcomer Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) saw her first action as a Lady Buc due to NCAA transfer rules and added a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds.
LADY BUCS VS. NORTH CAROLINA
Friday’s contest in Carmichael Arena will be the 14th all-time meeting between the two schools, with UNC holding a 13-0 edge. The Lady Bucs and Tar Heels met last season when UNC hosted ETSU and came away victorious, 93-77. This game featured four Lady Bucs who scored in double-figures, including Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) (16), Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) (13) and Brianna Bogard (Georgetown, Texas) (11). The Lady Bucs held their own with the nationally-ranked Tar Heels in the first 20 minutes as ETSU held a pair of leads and only trailed by four at the half, 39-35. UNC took a sizeable lead early in the second half, but ETSU cut into it, putting the Lady Bucs down by only five points midway through the half. The Tar Heels responded with a 18-2 run and put away the Lady Bucs. This loss dropped ETSU to 0-10 and put back-to-back wins together for UNC.
The emergence of redshirt-sophomore Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) has provided a badly-needed inside presence for the Lady Bucs. In the transfer’s first action as a Lady Buc due to NCAA regulations, the center came off the bench and posted a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Appalachian State. This performance awarded Burley A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honors on Dec. 26.
The Lady Bucs only play at home twice in the month of November and December combined (vs. Memphis on Nov. 30 and Appalachian State on Dec. 18) … overall, ETSU plays 11 of its first 15 games away from Johnson City from Nov. 10-Jan. 21.
ETSU used a strong showing at the free throw line to knock off Morehead State back on Dec. 2 inside Johnson Arena … the Blue and Gold knocked down 23 of their 27 free throw attempts and went 12-of-14 at the charity stripe in the final minute of play … overall, ETSU ranks fourth in the Atlantic Sun in free throw shooting (70.0), while Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) (2nd, 83.3) and Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) (3rd, 78.1) all rank in the top-10 individually.
The Blue and Gold have out-rebounded the opposition in four of the six games this season and enter Friday’s game with a plus-3.0 rebounding margin (42.8-39.8) … in its game at Morehead State, ETSU out-rebounded the Eagles by 20, 46-26 … the Lady Bucs’ plus-3.0 rebound margin currently ranks in the top 100 in the country.
MITCHELL’S HOT START
Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) has scored in double figures in four out of six games of the season and is averaging 15.8 points per contest … Mitchell scoring a season-high 26 points in the opener at High Point back on Nov. 10 and added 14 points and 16 rebounds in the 10-point win vs. Memphis to close out the month of November ... Mitchell is currently fourth in the A-Sun in scoring (15.8), fifth in rebounding (7.8), tied for first in steals (3.0), second in free throw percentage (83.3) and tied for third in field goal percentage (50.0).
MITCHELL’S PURSUIT TO THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
Mitchell is well on her way to become the 21st Lady Buc to join the 1,000-point club ... She is on pace to break the 1,000-point mark near the end of February as she registered 347 points as a freshman and 367 points as a sophomore for 714 total points... through ETSU’s first six games of the 2012-13 season she has scored 79 to move her career total to 793.. if Mitchell scores in similar fashion in the next two years as she did as a rookie and a sophomore, she will put herself in the top-10 in Lady Buc history.
ANOTHER RUN AT THE GAUNTLET
Coach Kemp’s motto is “In order to be the best, you have to play the best” … the Lady Bucs will do that again in 2012-13. ETSU is scheduled to face three teams that were in last week’s College Insider Mid Major Top 25 -- Chattanooga, FGCU and Appalachian State -- and will faceoff two teams who are currently inside or receiving votes in the AP Top 25 -- North Carolina and Iowa State.
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