Lady Bucs begin weekend road trip at Lipscomb
Lady Bucs begin weekend road trip at Lipscomb
Friday, January 4, 2013

ETSU has won 11 straight against the Lady Bisons 

NASHVILLE (Jan. 5, 2013) – Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, the Lady Bucs continue Atlantic Sun play with a weekend on the road, starting with a trip to Nashville to battle the Lipscomb Lady Bisons. Tip time is set for Saturday evening at 5 p.m. ET inside Allen Arena.

The matchup between the Lady Bucs and Lady Bisons will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools, a series in which ETSU (2-6, 0-1) has dominated with 11 straight victories and an overall 14-1 series advantage. The blue and gold hope this dominance continues in an effort to get their first win since Dec. 2 at Morehead State.

For more on Saturday’s game, read the game notes below. For more on ETSU women’s basketball throughout the 2012-13 season, visit and click on the women’s hoops link.



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ETSU (2-6) began Atlantic Sun play with a trip to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the USC Upstate Spartans (5-7) inside the Hodge Center. The Lady Bucs took an early lead with a made three-pointer from Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) on their first offensive possession, but Upstate quicky started their hot shooting from three-point range. The Spartans knocked down six first half trifectas and took a 38-26 advantage going into the half. ETSU again executed a play on their first possession of the half and got a quick bucket, but Upstate responded by continuing to knock down outside shots and getting to the free throw line. When it looked like the rout was on as the half wound down, the Lady Bucs did not quit and cut a then 28-point deficit down to as few as nine with under five minutes remaining. Ultimately the once large deficit proved too much to overcome and ETSU fell, 90-79. The Lady Bucs held advantages in the points in the paint, points off turnovers, second chance points and bench points categories, but with Upstate knocking down 31 free throws in 34 tries, a late rally was not enough. Randall recorded 16 points, while ETSU again got strong contributions from their bench again 15 points apiece from Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) and Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.)



Saturday’s contest in Allen Arena will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Lady Bucs and Lady Bisons last met last season on Feb. 16 when ETSU bested Lipscomb, 59-39. The Lady Bucs turned in an impressive defensive performance with ETSU’s stifling defense limiting Lipscomb to a 22.8 percent shooting clip (13-57) as well as forcing 26 turnovers, a season-high 16 steals, and eight block shots. Along with the strong defensive performance, the Blue and Gold received a total team effort as 10 different players reached the scoring column, while 10 Lady Bucs also posted double figures in minutes played. With the win, the Lady Bucs snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 7-19, 6-9 in A-Sun play, while Lipscomb dropped to 5-21, 3-12. The victory also completed a season sweep of the Lady Bisons after a prior 89-52 ETSU win in Johnson City on Jan. 21.



The emergence of redshirt-sophomore Tiana Burley 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. Burley also was a big contribution off the bench for the Lady Bucs against USC Upstate, in which she posted eight points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of play.



The Blue and Gold have out-rebounded the opposition in five of the eight games this season and enter Saturdays’s game with a plus-3.0 rebounding margin (42.8-39.8), 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-3.0 rebound margin currently ranks in the top 100 in the country.



Destiny Mitchell has scored in double figures in four out of eight games of the season and is averaging 13.1 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 (13.8), second in rebounding (8.7), fourth in steals (2.3) and fifth in field goal percentage (47.4).



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 92 to move her career total to 806 .. 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.



Through the early portion of the season, ETSU has gotten strong contributions from its bench. On the season ETSU averages nearly 35 bench points per game, inlcuding a season-high 57 points off the bench against Morehead State.  Key reserves Cara Bowling (7.4 ppg), Maria Bond (6.1 ppg), Tiana Burley (9.0 ppg) and Brianna Bogard (5.4 ppg) have proved to be very valubale off the bench for the Lady Bucs.



The Lady Bucs have enjoyed a lot of success since joining the A-Sun in 2005-06 … since joining the league, the Lady Buccaneers have averaged 15 conference wins a year, including a league-best and school record 18-2 mark in 2009-10, three Atlantic Sun Tournament titles (2008-2010), and two regular season championships (2008 and 2010) …in total, ETSU is 99-34 (.744) against conference foes since moving into the A-Sun … the Lady Bucs have also won 79 of their last 105 games against conference foes (includes the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 A-Sun Tournaments).


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