Bucs in pursuit of sixth-consecutive win as regular season winds down
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 22, 2015) – The ETSU women’s basketball team will look to continue its winning ways when it faces the Samford Bulldogs on Monday evening at 7 p.m. EST inside the Pete Hanna Center. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.
After securing a 70-49 Senior Day home victory on Saturday against Mercer, the Bucs (19-8, 11-1 SoCon) have wrapped up at least a No. 2 seed in the 2015 Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship which begins March 5 in Asheville, North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (14-13, 7-5 SoCon) currently sit in fourth place in the league standings.
Following a 48-46 home win over Samford on Jan. 31, the all-time series is tied at a game apiece. The two teams met for the first time on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Bulldogs came away with a 91-72 triumph as part of the Preseason WNIT. In the Blue & Gold’s recent victory over SU, the team was led by a double-double of 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds from senior forward Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.).
Last time out
ETSU’s four seniors combined for 47 points in a 70-49 Senior Day rout of the Mercer Bears. After a tightly-contested first 15 minutes of the game, the Bucs manufactured a 13-5 burst over the duration of the first half to take a 39-27 lead into halftime. Armed with a solid lead out of the break, the Blue & Gold took control of the game with a 15-4 surge to open the first five minutes of the second half. The Blue & Gold stayed in control throughout the second period as it cruised to victory. The Bucs were led by a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Clark, while fellow senior forwards Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and Maria Bond (Macon, Ga.) added 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Samford at a glance
The Bulldogs enter play on Monday on the heels of a 56-49 home setback to No. 20 Chattanooga on Saturday. In the loss for Samford, Destiney Elliott and Hannah Nichols scored 15 points each. Taylor Reece added 10 points and five rebounds, and Brittany Stevens dished out six assists for the Bulldogs. For the season, SU is paced by 14.1 points per game by Nichols, while Reece adds 10.4 per contest.
Inside the numbers
The Blue & Gold features the SoCon’s top offense with 70.6 points per game, but Samford has one of the league’s best defenses by only surrendering 57.1 points a contest. In addition, the Bulldogs shoot one of the best percentages behind the three-point arc in the conference, but ETSU continues as the SoCon’s best in limiting opponents from three at 26 percent. Both teams share the ball at a similar rate with each dishing out roughly 13 assists a game.
Bucs at a glance
ETSU’s balance on the offensive end continues with four of its five starters averaging in double figures. The Bucs are led by underclassmen guards Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) (13.5 ppg) and Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) (12.3 ppg, 4.0 apg). Senior forwards Mitchell (11.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and Clark (11.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg) round out the double-figure scorers for the Bucs who are also getting solid play from fellow veteran forward Bond (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg). In SoCon play, Bridges and Tarter are leading the way with 13.1 and 11.8 points per game, respectively.
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