JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 28, 2015) – In the final game of 2015, the ETSU Women's Basketball team heads to New York to square off against the Gaels of Iona on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 • 2:00 p.m.
ETSU Buccaneers (7-6, 0-0 SoCon)
at Iona Gaels (5-6, 2-0 MAAC)
Location: New Rochelle, N.Y.
Site: Hynes Athletic Center (2,611)
All-Time Series Record: Second meeting, ETSU leads 1-0
This will be the second meeting between the Buccaneers and the Gaels. The two programs met in Johnson City last year for the first time with ETSU coming away with a 76-64 victory. The Bucs are currently on a four-game winning streak while Iona has won three of its last five.
Tianna Tarter named SoCon Player of the Week
After averaging 21.6 points per game in three contests sophomore guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) was named SoCon Player of the Week for the week of Dec.15-22. ETSU went 3-0 during the week with Tarter leading the Bucs in scoring in two of the three games. Tarter registered a double-double along with tying a career-high 26 points in the victory over Davidson. Tarter was also named SoCon POTW by College Sports Madness.
Bridges one of the Nation’s Best
Junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) has been a potent threat from behind the three-point line, ranking third in the NCAA in three-point field goals made (41). Bridges ranks first in the nation in three-point attempts with 110.
75 is the magic number
Since 2002, the Bucs are 122-20 when they hit the 75-point plateau. The winning percentage is even better since 2006 as ETSU is 90-15. During the 2015 campaign, the Bucs have reached the 75-point mark just once.
Currently the ETSU Women’s Basketball team is on a four game winning streak with victories over Armstrong State, Campbell, Davidson and Austin Peay. It’s the longest streak of the season and third longest under head coach Brittney Ezell.
Scouting the Gaels
Iona heads into Tuesday’s contest with a 5-6 overall record and is coming off a loss at George Washington, 70-65. The Gaels are 2-1 this season at home inside the Hynes Athletic Center. Iona is led by senior Joy Adams who averages a double-double of 13.2 points per game and 11.2 rebounds.
Last Time Out vs. Iona
In last year’s contest, the Bucs trailed going into halftime but used a 23-2 run to start the second half to defeat Iona, 76-64 inside Brooks Gym. The Blue & Gold had five players score in double digits with Tarter leading the way with 16 points. ETSU outscored the Gaels, 44-22 in the second half as they shot a scorching 73.9 percent from the field in the second half.
What’s Up Next?
The Bucs end non-conference play to start the new year with a home contest against Lees-McRae on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. ETSU begins SoCon play on the road at Furman Jan.7 before heading to Wofford on Jan. 9.
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