JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2015) – The ETSU women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season to match-up against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest on Sunday, Nov.15 at 2 p.m. inside the LJVM Coliseum.
Sunday, Nov.15 • 2:00 p.m.
ETSU Buccaneers (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Site: LJVM Coliseum (14,665)
All-Time Series Record: ETSU trails 5-2
Following their opening night victory over UNC Asheville, the Bucs hit the road for the first time this season when they take on Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member Wake Forest on Sunday Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. It’s the first meeting between the two schools since 2008.
Bucs hold on for 74-68 victory over UNC Asheville
Four ETSU players ended up scoring in double digits with senior Chandler Christopher (Greeneville, Tenn.) leading the way with 18 as the Bucs defeated UNC Asheville, 74-68 on Friday night. ETSU shot 46 percent from the field while playing tenacious defense forcing the Bulldogs to commit 12 turnovers.
Yamile’s Block Party
In her Buccaneer debut on Friday, junior Yamile Rodriguez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) tallied 12 points, six of which came in the fourth quarter, along with eight rebounds and five blocks.
Chandler’s Opening Performance
Senior Chandler Christopher had a very successful last season opener as she recorded a team-high 18 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Christopher went 6-for-9 from the free-throw line, both career highs in free throws made and attempted.
ETSU picked Second in SoCon media poll; Third in SoCon coaches poll
As voted by the league’s head coaches, the Bucs were picked to finish third with 35 points behind Furman and Chattanooga. In the media poll, ETSU was selected second with one first-place vote.
Bridges, Tarter named Preseason All-SoCon
Junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) and sophomore Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) garnered preseason All-SoCon honors. Bridges led ETSU with 12.5 points per game en route to Second Team All-SoCon honors. Tarter was named to the All-SoCon Freshman team a season ago.
Youth Beyond Their Years
At a combined age of 121 years old, the ETSU women’s basketball program has the second youngest coaching staff in NCAA Division I. For third year head coach Brittney Ezell, she became the second fastest coach at ETSU to eclipse the 30-win mark doing so in just 61 games.
Scouting the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest started their season on Friday with a 60-57 win over LSU as the Demon Deacons were led by a pair of freshman, Ariel Stephenson and Kortni Simmons, both scoring in double figures. Wake Forest outrebounded the Tigers 48-32 while holding LSU to just 14 percent from the three-point line. Stephenson was the leading scorer for the Deacs with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Last Time Out vs. Wake Forest
This will be the eighth meeting between the Bucs and the Demon Deacons. Two teams last met in 2008 where the Bucs fell, 77-62 on the road. In that game, ETSU was led by Siarre Evans who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Bucs forced the Deacs into 18 turnovers and shot just 39 percent from the field.
What’s Up Next?
ETSU continues its road swing as they head to Boone, N.C. to challenge Appalachian State next Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Bucs next home game is on Saturday, Nov.21 against Brevard College with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
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