ETSU holds a 12-1 all-time series advantage
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2013) – Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the Lady Bucs continue Atlantic Sun play with a weekend on the road, starting with a trip to Kennesaw, Ga. to battle the Kennesaw State Owls. Tip time is set for Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. inside the Kennesaw State Convocation Center.
The matchup between the Lady Bucs and the Owls (4-13, 0-5) will be the 14th all-time meeting between the two schools, a series in which ETSU (3-9, 1-4) has historically dominated with a 12-1 all-time series advantage. In the most recent matchup between the two teams, KSU bested the Lady Bucs, 78-68, in Kennesaw to gain their first all-time win against ETSU. The Lady Bucs won the prior meeting last season in Johnson City, Tenn., 77-61. The Blue and Gold hope this dominance continues in an effort to get their first win since Jan. 5 at Lipscomb.
The Lady Bucs enter the rest of the season even more short-handed after forward Amy Duke (Hendersonville, Tenn.) left the team as well to pursue opportunities at other schools. This opens up another opportunity for players to step up to help supplement for the departure of two players in the past two weeks.
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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 (3-9, 1-4) faced another stiff challenge when they welcomed the league-leading Stetson Hatters (13-4, 6-0) to the ETSU/MSHA Athletics center. The Lady Bucs once again were the victim of cold shooting, turnovers and poor defense behind the three-point line which resulted in a 35-23 deficit at the break. ETSU fought back in the second half and cut the deficit to six with 12 minutes remaining and narrowly missed an opportunity to cut it to four with 9 minutes remaining. The Hatters responded soon thereafter and went on a 7-0 run which made the deficit too large to overcome, resulting in a 71-55 decision in favor of Stetson. Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench and scored a team-high 15 points. Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) stuffed the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, eight points, four steals, three assists and two blocks.
LADY BUCS VS. KENNESAW STATE
Saturday’s contest in the Kennesaw State Convocation Center will be the 14th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Lady Bucs and the Owls last met last season on Feb. 4 when KSU topped ETSU, 78-68. This loss evened the season series after the Lady Bucs bested the Owls, 77-61, on Jan. 9 in Johnson City, Tenn. In the most recent matchup, ETSU relinquished a 15-point first half lead and an eight-point halftime lead against the Owls. After running efficient offense in the first half, the Lady Bucs launched 18 three-pointers and overall shot a disappointing 27 percent in the second period. KSU responded by shooting 57 percent in the second half en route to finally pulling ahead midway through the second half, resulting in a 78-68 decision in favor of Kennesaw State. Destiny Mitchell turned in a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, including double-digit points in the first half.
The emergence of redshirt-sophomore Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) has provided a badly-needed inside presence off the bench 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.
After being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of conference play, Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) has answered the call and has been stellar in league play. In her first start of the season at USC Upstate, Randall tallied 16 points and was 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The junior guard followed this performance with strong showings at Lipscomb (13 points, 4 rebounds) and at Northern Kentucky (9 points). Randall is currently averaging 8.2 points per game in Atlantic Sun action.
MCQUEEN STRONG FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
In addition to running the team as a true freshman point guard, Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) has shown no fear at the free throw stripe with the game on the line. At Lipscomb, McQueen stepped the line and buried clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the game in the Lady Bucs’ favor. McQueen currently ranks fourth in the A-Sun in free throw shooting at 78.0 percent.
The Blue and Gold have out-rebounded the opposition in eight of the 12 games this season and enter Monday’s game with a plus-3.4 rebounding margin (41.7-38.2), 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-3.4 rebound margin currently ranks in the top 100 nationally.
MITCHELL LANDS A-SUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Junior Destiny Mitchell earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 after averaging 14.5 points and 11 rebounds in wins over Memphis and Morehead State, marking the third A-Sun Player of the Week selection of her career ... Mitchell posted a double-double in the win vs. Memphis (14 points/16 rebounds), while adding 15 points and six rebounds a few days later at Morehead State.
Currently the Lady Bucs are averaging 4.5 blocks per contest, good for tops in the Atlantic Sun. ETSU swatted a season-high eight shots in their win against Memphis on Nov. 30 inside the MSHA Athletics Center and tied this season-high rejection mark in a loss to Stetson at the Dome. The Blue and Gold have blocked five or more shots in six games this season and are led by Tosha Austin (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 1.1 blocks per game which ranks in the top five individually in the league. Austin also currently ranks 19th all-time in blocked shots in Atlantic Sun history with 114 rejections.
MITCHELL’S HOT START
Destiny Mitchell has scored in double figures in five out of the twelve games on the season and is averaging 11.7 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 ninth in the A-Sun in scoring (11.7), third in rebounding (8.5), fourth in steals (2.3) and fourth in field goal percentage (48.1).
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 twelve games of the 2012-13 season she has scored 129 to move her career total to 843 .. 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.
CLARK TURNS IT ON FOR A-SUN PLAY
After a solid start to the season for the now eligible transfer, Serena Clark (Tucker, Ga.) has really turned it on when it comes to Atlantic Sun action. Through the first five games of league play, Clark is averaging 8.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, including back-to-back double-doubles at Lipscomb and at Northern Kentucky with 10 points & 14 rebounds and 16 points, 10 rebounds & seven steals, respectively.
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 77-33 (.700) in the months of January through March, including a program-best 19-3 mark in 2009-10.
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 100-37 (.730) against conference foes since moving into the A-Sun … the Lady Bucs have also won 80 of their last 108 games against conference foes (includes the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 A-Sun Tournaments).
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 25 bench points per game, including a season-high 57 points off the bench against Morehead State. Key reserves Cara Bowling (8.0 ppg) and Tiana Burley (6.3 ppg) have been very valuable for the Lady Bucs off the bench.
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