ETSU aims to move to 4-0 to begin league play for first time since 2006
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2015) – The ETSU women’s basketball team will look to defeat Wofford for the second time in as many weeks when it welcomes the Terriers to Brooks Gym on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Bucs are seeking their first 4-0 start to conference play since the 2005-06 squad began Atlantic Sun action 7-0 in ETSU’s first year as a member of the league.
ETSU (11-7, 3-0 SoCon) and Wofford (5-13, 0-3 SoCon) recently met on Jan. 12 in Spartanburg, S.C. when the Blue & Gold rolled to a 79-47 victory. In the triumph, freshman point guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored a game-high 18 points and also tied a season best with six steals and grabbed five rebounds. Tarter was joined in double figures by senior forward Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) with a near double-double of 14 points and nine boards, senior forward Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.), too, with 14, and junior guard Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Bucs now lead the all-time series against Wofford, 15-2, and have won 10-straight games versus the Terriers.
Winners of three in a row, ETSU will look to continue the momentum from this past Saturday’s comeback victory against UNC Greensboro. The Blue & Gold fell behind at home by as many as 14 points in the first half and went into halftime trailing, 40-32. The Bucs completely flipped the script in the second half and stormed out of the break with a 13-0 run to take their first lead since the 14:47 mark of the first half; 45-40. ETSU continued the streak throughout the first half of the second period with a 29-5 surge to take control of the game. The Blue & gold continued to pour it on over the duration of the game, outscoring UNCG, 55-25, in the second half en route to an 87-65 victory. Sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) led four Buccaneers in double-figures by tying a career high with 23 points, while senior forward Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Bond, and Christopher all pitched in with 13 points each.
Wofford will enter Saturday’s contest winners of two of its last five including a recent, 69-45, home victory over Bluefield College (Va.) on Jan. 19. In the win, the Terriers were led by sophomore guard Maria Corella with a career-best 22 points. Junior guard Chanel Stokes was also in double-figures with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as well as six steals.
The Bucs and Terriers are on different ends of the spectrum on the offensive end with ETSU leading the conference with 73.3 points per game, while Wofford is dead last with a 57.9 average. The same disparity also exists in field goal percentage where the Blue & Gold is shooting 45 percent, while the Terriers are knocking down shots at only a 36 percent clip. Furthermore, on the defensive end, ETSU continues to limit opponents from three-point range; holding them to a league-best 26 percent shooting and are also second-best in the SoCon with 4.0 blocked shots per game.
The Blue & Gold features one of the SoCon's most balanced attacks with four of its five starters averaging in double figures; led by underclassmen guards Bridges (13.3 ppg) and Tarter (13.1 ppg, 3.9 apg). A pair of fifth-year senior forwards, Mitchell (10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Clark (10.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) round out the double-figure scorers for the Bucs who are also getting solid play from guard Christopher (9.6 ppg, 35.3 3PFG%).
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