Game moved up from 7 p.m. due to impending weather conditions
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2015) – Due to impending weather conditions, ETSU and UNC Greensboro’s Monday matchup has been moved up to 3 p.m. inside Fleming Gym.
The Bucs (17-8, 9-1 SoCon) will aim to knock off the Spartans (5-20, 0-10 SoCon) for the second time in the past month. ETSU currently leads the all-time series against UNCG, 12-10, and have won five straight. In the most recent matchup on Jan. 17 in Johnson City, Tennessee, the Bucs trailed the Spartans 40-32 at halftime but opened the second half with a 38-7 run to cruise to a 22-point victory. Sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) paced all scorers with a career-best 23 points.
ETSU will also look to continue its three-game winning streak on Monday after beating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 51-40, on Feb. 14 inside Freedom Hall. In the defensive battle, the Blue & Gold held WCU to a season opponent-low 22 percent shooting and were led on the offensive end with a game-high 19 points from Bridges.
UNCG will enter play tomorrow without a victory since Dec. 20, 2014. In their most recent loss, the Spartans suffered a 76-52 setback at Chattanooga behind a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Jade Scaife. For the season, UNCG is led by 14.1 points per game from junior guard Lucy Mason as well as 11.7 points a contest from senior forward Jarae Savage.
ETSU currently sports the league’s highest scoring offense with 70.0 points a contest and shoots the ball from the field at a 45 percent clip which is also best in the SoCon. The Bucs continue to blanket their foes from beyond the three-point arc, only allowing 27 percent shooting, and also block four shots a game. ETSU also dishes out a fourth-best in the conference 13 assists a game.
The Bucs’ balance on the offensive end continues with four of its five starters averaging in double figures. The Bucs are led by underclassmen guards Bridges (13.6 ppg) and Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) (12.4 ppg, 4.0 apg). A pair of fifth-year senior forwards, Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) (10.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) (10.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg) round out the double-figure scorers for the Bucs who are also getting solid play from fellow senior forward Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) (9.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg). In SoCon play, Bridges and Tarter are leading the way with 13.4 and 11.8 points per game, respectively.
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