Bucs look to make it 3-0 all-time versus Sycamores
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Nov. 23, 2014) – After beginning a six-game road swing with a 79-63 victory at St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday evening, the ETSU women’s basketball team (3-1) will continue play away from home on Monday evening when it faces the Indiana State Sycamores (2-1) at 8 p.m. inside the Hulman Center.
Tomorrow’s contest will be the third all-time meeting between the two teams; a series in which the Bucs hold a 2-0 advantage. In the most recent meeting, last season, ETSU prevailed – 75-67 – inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center behind five double-figure scorers including a career-high 18 points from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.).
The Bucs will square off with the Sycamores after taking care of business on Friday in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Against St. Francis, the Blue & Gold had five players in double-figures and were led by 20 points from Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) and 19 rebounds from Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.).To begin, ETSU got out on the fast break and dominated in the paint to take a 34-26 lead into halftime. The Red Flash came out energized out of halftime, cutting their deficit to four --52-48 -- with 10 minutes left to play. The Bucs then answered with a 16-6 surge to firmly take hold of the game. Over the final five minutes of play, the Blue & Gold held St. Francis at bay, resulting in a 79-63 victory.
ISU comes into the game after dropping its first contest of the season; a 62-52 home setback to Stetson on Saturday. The Sycamores went into halftime with a lead, 30-28, but could not keep the advantage throughout the second half. The Hatters opened the second period with a 13-2 run and held the lead through the duration of the contest. ISU was led by senior forward Chelsea Small with 14 points and the bench contributed 23 points in the loss.
ETSU’s 3-1 record currently stands second in the Southern Conference behind a 3-0 Furman team. The Bucs’ 78.5 points per game still ranks tops in the league and their 44 percent field goal percentage is also the best in the conference. Bridges’ 17.3 points per game places her among the top-three in the SoCon and Mitchell’s double-double average of 11.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per games is also among the best in the league. The Blue & Gold featuring four players averaging 10.5 points or more per game has definitely contributed to its early-season potent offense.
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