ETSU holds a 7-3 all-time series advantage
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 2, 2013) – The ETSU women’s basketball team hits the road to open Atlantic Sun play when it travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the USC Upstate Spartans on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. ET inside the Hodge Center.
ETSU (2-5) will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, having dropped a road contest at LSU, a home meeting with Appalachian State and most recently a tilt at North Carolina. USC Upstate (4-7) comes into the game off back-to-back losses including a heartbreaking, overtime, home loss to Furman. The Spartans are led by senior guard Tee’Ara Copney who averages 12.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Upstate also gets contributions from freshman center Brittany Starling who posts 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. The two teams split decisions last season against one another, with each coming away victorious at home. Live video stream can be found at ASun.TV, as well as live audio at UpstateSpartans.com. Live stats can also be found at UpstateSpartans.com.
ETSU holds the edge in the all-time series against Upstate with a 7-3 record. The Lady Bucs and Spartans met twice last season, with the most recent being a 74-68 Upstate victory on Jan. 28, 2012 in Spartanburg, S.C.
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LAST TIME OUT
ETSU (2-5) closed out non-conference play with a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. to battle the North Carolina Tar Heels (12-1). The early part of the first half was a back and forth affair, with each team holding a lead, albeit a short-lived lead for the Lady Bucs. UNC responded and went on an 18-7 run to close out the half. The second half started with much of the same where the Tar Heels scored the first 17 points and the rout was on. ETSU suffered its worst loss of the season in an 85-44 decision. The Lady Bucs were able to outrebound the Tar Heels, 47-39, and got solid production from the bench, highlighted by Cara Bowling’s (Elizabethton, Tenn.) nine points and six rebounds.
LADY BUCS VS. UPSTATE
Wednesday’s contest in the Hodge Center will be the 11th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Lady Bucs and Spartans last met last season on Jan. 28 when Upstate bested ETSU, 74-68. This loss evened the season series after ETSU previously topped Upstate, 67-64, on Jan. 4. The matchup featured a dominating effort from Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.), who posted 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against the Spartans. In a game that saw 14 ties and nine lead changes, no other Lady Buccaneer player reached double figures in scoring as freshman guard Brianna Bogard (Georgetown, Texas) finished with nine points, but had five turnovers to only one assist. The first half had six ties and two lead changes, but the Lady Bucs held a one-point advantage at the break, 32-31. After further back and forth action, Upstate went on a 7-1 run with 7:25 remaining in the game to put the Spartans up by one. The Lady Bucs remained close, but late free throws sealed it for Upstate, 74-68. The loss dropped ETSU to 5-16, while Upstate improved to 6-15.
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.
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 fifth in the Atlantic Sun in free throw shooting (69.5), while Destiny Mitchell (2nd, 83.3) and Brianna McQueen (3rd, 80.0) each rank in the top-5 individually.
The Blue and Gold have out-rebounded the opposition in five of the seven games this season and enter Wednesday’s game with a plus-3.7 rebounding margin (43.4-39.7), ranking first in the A-Sun … in its game at Morehead State, ETSU out-rebounded the Eagles by 20, 46-26 … the Lady Bucs’ plus-3.7 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 seven games of the season and is averaging 13.8 points per contest … Mitchell scored 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 (13.8), third in rebounding (8.2), third in steals (2.5), second in free throw percentage (83.3) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.9).
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 seven games of the 2012-13 season she has scored 83 to move her career total to 797.. 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.
SECOND HALF SURGES
The Lady Bucs have been a tough team to beat when it comes to the second half of the season (games played from January-March) … since January of 2008, ETSU is 76-29 (.724) in the months of January through March, including a program-best 19-3 mark in 2009-10.
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