Bucs hope to get back to winning ways against regional foe
BLACKSBURG, Va. (Nov. 28, 2014) – Looking to halt a two-game losing skid, the ETSU women’s basketball team will pay a visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday to face the Hokies at 5 p.m. inside Cassell Coliseum.
The Bucs (3-3) and Hokies (3-2) will square off in the 19th all-time meeting between the two schools; a series that Tech leads 11-7. The most recent meeting occurred on Dec. 18, 2006 when the Hokies came away with a 78-64 victory in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has won the last four matchups.
ETSU hopes to bounce back from consecutive road losses to Indiana State and Indiana. Most recently against the Hoosiers, the Blue & Gold suffered a 97-69 loss inside Assembly Hall. In the defeat, redshirt senior Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) recorded her second double-double of the young season – and 28th of her career -- with team-leading 16 points and 11 rebounds. Three additional Buccaneers tallied double-digit scoring performances including 15 points from Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.), 14 from Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) and 10 from Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.).
Meanwhile, Tech enters Saturday’s contest on the heels of a 69-62 home loss to Old Dominion on Tuesday evening. Vanessa Panousis led all scorers with 22 points. Rachel Camp added 19 points. Regan Magarity had her third double-digit rebounding game of the season with 10 while dropping in nine points.
Despite a season-low point total against Indiana, the Bucs still boast the highest scoring offense in the Southern Conference with 75.3 points per game. ETSU is also shooting the ball at a solid 44 percent from the field, which is good for second-best in the league, and holds a +2.8 rebounding margin, which checks in at third overall in the conference.
On the offensive end, the Blue & Gold are paced by Bridges who sports a 17.8 points-per-game average which is third-best in the SoCon. The sophomore guard has also knocked down a league-best 24 three-pointer already this season including 15 in her last three games.
Mitchell is also producing at an impressive rate with 11.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Her rebound total per contest checks in at third overall in the conference and is one of four players in the league currently averaging a double-double.
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