First-ever meeting between the two teams
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2013) – Looking to build upon its first Atlantic Sun victory of the season, a 80-74 victory at Lipscomb, ETSU closes the road trip with a visit to Highland Heights, Ky. to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse on Monday evening inside the Bank of Kentucky Center. The match-up will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in NKU’s first season at the Division I level.
The Lady Bucs hope to continue the momentum they have gained from the win at Lipscomb on Saturday evening. The triumph was ETSU’s first win since defeating Morehead State in Morehead, Ky. over a month ago. Continued stellar play from freshman guard Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) will be key for ETSU to string a few wins together. Against Lipscomb, McQueen posted a season-high 23 points, including clutch free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory. The Lady Bucs also got strong contributions from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) in her second start of the season with nine points and five rebounds as well as from Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) with 14 points and from Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) who tallied a double-double of 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
ETSU has improved its record to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in Atlantic Sun, while Northern Kentucky sits at 4-8 overall and 1-2 in league play.
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WE ARE “ETSU”
The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to ask both the print and broadcast media to honor our request to be called “ETSU” throughout the 2012-13 season ... East Tennessee State in first reference is acceptable, but subsequent references should be ETSU ... On TV graphics, please use ETSU ... Our nickname is the Lady Buccaneers, but Lady Bucs is also acceptable.
LAST TIME OUT
ETSU (3-6) (1-1) continued its dominance over Lipscomb by defeating them for the 12th straight time, this time in Allen Arena. The Lady Bucs came out with a lot of intensity in the first half and gained a lead shortly into the half. ETSU then hit a lull as Lipscomb took back the lead. The Lady Bucs did not hang their head though and came out aggressive in the second half. The second stanza featured more back and forth action with six ties and three lead changes. With only 1:46 remaining, Brianna McQueen converted on an and-one and took back the lead, 76-74, one that the Lady Bucs would not relinquish the rest of the way. After topping the Lady Bisons for the 12th straight time, the Lady Bucs improved their overall series record against Lipscomb to 15-1.
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 six of the nine games this season and enter Monday’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 has scored in double figures in four out of nine games of the season and is averaging 12.1 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 was recently 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) prior to Saturday’s game at Lipscomb.
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 97 to move her career total to 811 .. 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.
BOOST FROM THE BENCH
Through the early portion of the season, ETSU has gotten strong contributions from its bench. On the season ETSU averages roughly 30 bench points per game, including a season-high 57 points off the bench against Morehead State. Key reserves Cara Bowling (7.3 ppg), Maria Bond (6.4 ppg), Tiana Burley (7.3 ppg) and Brianna Bogard (5.0 ppg) have proved to be very valuable off the bench for the Lady Bucs.
HAVING FUN IN THE A-SUN
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 100-34 (.746) against conference foes since moving into the A-Sun … the Lady Bucs have also won 80 of their last 106 games against conference foes (includes the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 A-Sun Tournaments).
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