Look to recover from late collapse vs. Northern Kentucky
DeLand, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2013) – ETSU will aim to regroup after letting victory slip from its grasp against Northern Kentucky by heading south to DeLand, Fla. to take on the Stetson Hatters on Saturday, Feb. 9, inside Edmunds Arena. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. ET.
To help ease the pain of the heartbreaking loss to NKU, ETSU (6-12) (4-7) will have to be on top of its game as it visits the Stetson Hatters (16-6, 9-2) who sit at second place in the Atlantic Sun standings. The Hatters are led by senior guard Victoria McGowan and her 16.8 points per game. SU is 2-2 in its last four games and will look to right the ship against ETSU in its pursuit to the conference crown. The Lady Bucs hope their recent increased offensive efficiency continues against Stetson who gives up only 58.6 points per game, good for second in the league.
For more on Saturday’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.
WE ARE “ETSU”
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LAST TIME OUT
ETSU (6-12, 4-7) aimed to put together their first three-game winning streak since January 2012 when they welcomed the Northern Kentucky Norse (9-11, 6-5) to the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center. The Lady Bucs dominated in the paint in the first half behind the strong effort from Tiana Burley (Camilla, Ga.) who scored 16 points before the midway point of the first half. ETSU increased their lead up to as many as 14 points before NKU closed the gap with made free throws. The Blue and Gold went into the break leading, 42-32. The Lady Bucs allowed the Norse to hang around in the second and it proved costly when NKU drained a go-ahead jumper with three seconds remaining. ETSU got a good look at the basket with time expiring but it caromed off the rim as the Norse edged the Lady Bucs, 77-76. The Lady Bucs got a team-high 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds from Tiana Burley, while Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn) and Brianna McQueen (Jonesboro, Ga.) each added 15 points and 13 points, respectively.
LADY BUCS VS. STETSON
Saturday’s contest in the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center will be the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Lady Bucs and the Hatters met earlier this season on Jan. 14 when SU topped ETSU, 71-55. In this recent matchup, ETSU faced another stiff challenge when they welcomed the league-leading Stetson Hatters 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 came off the bench and scored a team-high 15 points. Destiny Mitchell stuffed the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, eight points, four steals, three assists and two blocks.
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 forward 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 came up huge off the bench in the win against Jacksonville (1/28) when she posted season-highs of 22 points and four blocks as well as 11 rebounds in only 20 minutes of play. On Feb. 4, the sophomore forward was awarded Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. After being inserted into the starting lineup against Northern Kentucky due to injuries amongst the team, Burley dominated from the start and scored 16 points before the midway point of the first half. In total, the sophomore forward scored 20 points and ripped down 11 rebounds. Burley is currently averaging 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds for ETSU.
The Lady Bucs have recently discovered the most offensive production through points in the paint. ETSU is currently averaging 30 points in the paint per game, including an average of 36 points in its past five. In the win against Jacksonville, the Blue and Gold recorded 50 points in the paint, the most since scoring 50 as well on Jan. 31, 2011 in a 100-62 victory against Mercer in Johnson City.
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), at Northern Kentucky (9 points) and at Kennesaw State (18 points). Randall is currently averaging 8.3 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 has shown no fear at the free throw stripe with the game on the line. At Lipscomb and at Kennesaw State, McQueen stepped the line and buried clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the game in the Lady Bucs’ favor. McQueen currently is seventh in the A-Sun in free throw shooting at 75 percent.
The Blue and Gold have outrebounded the opposition in 13 of the 18 games this season and enter Monday’s game with a plus-6.2 rebounding margin (43.1-36.9), ranking first in the A-Sun … in its game at Morehead State, ETSU outrebounded the Eagles by 20, 46-26 … the Lady Bucs’ plus-6.2 rebound margin currently ranks in the top 50 nationally.
Currently the Lady Bucs are averaging 4.9 blocks per contest, good for tops in the Atlantic Sun. ETSU swatted season-highs of eight shots in wins against Memphis on Nov. 30, versus Jacksonville on Jan. 28, against Lipscomb on Feb. 2 and in a loss to Stetson on Jan. 14, each inside the MSHA Athletics Center. The Blue and Gold are led by Tosha Austin’s 1.1 blocks per game which ranks in the top five individually in the league. Austin also currently ranks 17th all-time in blocked shots in Atlantic Sun history with 119 rejections.
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 eleven games of league play, Clark is averaging 9.1 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.
MITCHELL’S PURSUIT TO THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
Destiny 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 18 games of the 2012-13 season she has scored 202 to move her career total to 916 .. 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 80-36 (.690) 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 103-40 (.720) against conference foes since moving into the A-Sun … the Lady Bucs have also won 83 of their last 113 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 25 bench points per game, including a season-high 44 points off the bench against Memphis. Key reserves Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) (5.9 ppg) and Tiana Burley (8.1 ppg) have been vital for the Lady Bucs.
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