JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Now 40 days away from its first regular season game of the year, the ETSU women’s basketball team officially kicked off preseason practice Monday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.
Approaching the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, the Bucs will return eight letterwinners from a team that finished 9-21 overall last year in the first season of the Brittney Ezell era at ETSU. Included in these returners are five players that started 15 or more games a year ago. Absent from this list, but primed for a return to form in 2014-15, is redshirt senior Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) who missed the entirety of last season due to an injury suffered in the first game of the year. The former all-conference performer is currently on the brink of becoming the 21st member of ETSU women’s basketball’s 1,000-point club with 993 career points.
Joining Mitchell on the front line this season will be fellow redshirt senior Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) who averaged a team leading 10.6 points and 10.0 rebounds a year ago. Also anchoring the post will be senior Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) who posted 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season.
In the backcourt, the Bucs will feature junior guard Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) who recorded 7.6 points and dished out a team-leading 2.2 assists per game last year. Also, on the perimeter, sophomore sharpshooter Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) will return following a solid freshman season in which the guard drained a team-high 44 three-pointers in 29 games played.
Joining the veteran-laden team – highlighted by five seniors – will be five freshmen including four guards and one forward. Science Hill High School product Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) highlights the group after the guard was named to the Class AAA All-State Team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as well as being selected as the Big 7 Conference Player of the Year as a senior.
The Bucs will begin the season on Nov. 1 with a home exhibition matchup against Milligan College on homecoming weekend. Following another home exhibition contest against King College on Nov. 8, ETSU will kickoff the regular season on Nov. 14 with a trip to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.
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