LORETTO, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2014) – Following a 76-70 home setback to Appalachian State on Wednesday evening inside Brooks Gym, the ETSU women’s basketball team begins a six-game road swing on Friday at St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.
The Bucs (2-1) will look to avenge last season’s 92-79 home loss to the Red Flash. The all-time series is currently deadlocked at one game apiece.
St. Francis enters the contest 0-2 after back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Buffalo. In Tuesday’s matchup against Buffalo, SFU dropped an 88-80 decision and was paced by senior guard Alexa Hayward who totaled 24 points and a career-high 15 assists.
Meanwhile, the Blue & Gold will look to bounce back from a tough loss on Wednesday. After ETSU went into the half with a 34-29 advantage and increased its lead to as many as eight points with 13 minutes left to play, App State put a run together to pull even with eight minutes to go. Once deadlocked, the game essentially turned into a glorified free-throw shooting contest with ASU taking advantage of its opportunities. With the flow of play brought to a halt due to the numerous stoppages of play, an 8-0 Mountaineer run allowed them to take a 67-59 lead with five minutes remaining. After ASU increased its lead to as many as 10 points, the Bucs showed some fight to get their deficit down to five, 72-67, with 41 seconds to play. Down the stretch, the App State converted on its opportunities from the free-throw stripe to hold on and down ETSU, 76-70.
The Bucs enter Friday’s contest as still the Southern Conference leader in scoring offense at 78.3 points per game and in field goal percentage at 46 percent. As was evidenced in Wednesday’s loss, the Blue & Gold is struggling from the free throw line at 60 percent which is seventh in the conference.
The reigning SoCon Player of the Week, Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) checks in at third in the league in individual scoring at 16.3 points per game. Freshman point guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) is also among the top-10 scorers in the conference at eighth with 14.3 points per game and is also second in field goal percentage (59 percent) and assists (4.0).
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