Conference opener for teams who both enjoyed non-conference successes
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 9, 2015) – Following a productive non-conference portion of the schedule in which it compiled an 8-7 overall record, the ETSU women’s basketball team will kick off Southern Conference play on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it goes on the road to face the Furman Paladins.
The long-time foes will square off in the 53rd all-time meeting between the two teams; a series that Furman leads 37-15. The Bucs have lost the last 12 meetings against the Paladins including the most recent matchup on Jan. 24, 2005 which was a 52-49 road loss.
ETSU will look to get back into the win column after suffering a 95-62 loss at No. 9 North Carolina last week to close out non-conference action. The Bucs hung with the highly-ranked Tar Heels for much of the first half before UNC scored six points with under a minute to play including making a half-court heave at the buzzer to bring the score to 43-32 going into the break. North Carolina carried the momentum over to the start of the second period where it scored the first 10 points of the half to take complete control of the game. In the loss, sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) scored a team-high 14 points while freshman point guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored 12 points and dished out a season-high eight assists.
Furman enters play on Saturday 11-5 overall including back-to-back wins; most recently a 74-59 home win against USC Upstate on Wednesday evening. A preseason SoCon runner-up pick by the league’s coaches and media, the Paladins feature three double-figure scorers including SoCon Preseason Player of the Year senior center Brittany Hodges who is averaging 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Furman currently tops to the SoCon in field goal percentage defense (37.0%), rebounding margin (+5.8), and 3-point shooting (37.8%).
The Bucs (72.1 ppg) and Paladins (71.3 ppg) rank one-two, respectively, in scoring offense and field goal percentage (44.1% vs. 43.5%). ETSU also continues to lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense at 26 percent and is second best in the league with 4.0 blocked shots per contest.
The Blue & Gold sports one of the SoCon's most balanced attacks with four of its five starters averaging in double figures, led by Bridges (13.8 ppg) and Tarter (12.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 58 ast.). A pair of fifth-year seniors forwards, Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) (11.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg) and Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) (10.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), round out the double-figure scorers for the Bucs, who are also getting solid play from junior guard Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) (9.3 ppg, 37.3 3PFG%).
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