JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan.6, 2016) – Winning five of their last six games, the ETSU Women's Basketball team looks to keep rolling as they start Southern Conference play on Thursday, Jan.7 at Furman. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN 3.
Thursday, Jan.7 • 7:00 p.m.
ETSU Buccaneers (8-7, 0-0 SoCon)
at Furman Paladins (7-8, 0-0 SoCon)
Location: Greenville, Tenn.
Site: Timmons Arena (3,000)
All-Time Series Record: 55th meeting; ETSU trails 17-37
The Buccaneers and the Paladins meet in the conference opener for both teams for the second consecutive season. Last season, ETSU swept Furman defeating the Paladins, 73-72 on the road before earning a 72-61 victory in Johnson City.
Conference Time = Go Time
Under head coach Brittney Ezell, the Bucs are 2-0 in conference openers and have won 7 of their last 11 conference openers.
Two Teams, Two Different Directions
Heading into Thursday's contest, ETSU and Furman are heading in opposite directions as the Bucs have won five of their last six games while the Paladins have dropped four of their last five contests.
Let the 3-Pointer's Fly
During the 2015 campaign, ETSU has jacked up 316 three's, making 96 of them, ranking third in the SoCon. Both teams shoot the three with consistency however as Furman leads the conference in three point field goal percentage at 34.3 percent followed by ETSU at 30.4 percent.
Climbing towards the 1,000-Point Club
Junior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) is looking to become the 22nd member of the 1,000-point club at ETSU as she has accumulated 911 points so far during her career. If she surpasses the 1,000-point mark, she will be just the fourth Buccaneer in program history to do so in three years.
Bridges one of the NCAA's best
Bridges is third in the NCAA in three point field goals attempted with 126. She ranks fourth in the nation in three pointer's made with 45.
Rebounding Our Way to the Top
The Bucs are 7-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent. In ETSU's last two contests, they have registered more than 50 rebounds. The Bucs lead the SoCon in offensive rebounds with 229.
Scouting the Paladins
Furman heads into Thursday's contest with an overall record of 7-8, losing four of their last five game. In their previous game at North Carolina Central, the Paladins fell 66-61 to the Bulldogs despite shooting 43 percent from the field. Furman has three players averaging double-digit points with senior Holli Wilkins leading the way with 13.3 points per game.
What’s Up Next?
ETSU continues their road trip through the state of South Carolina as they head to Spartanburg to take on the Terriers of Wofford on Saturday, Jan.9 at 5:00 p.m. The SoCon home opener for the Bucs will be on Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. against UNC-Greensboro. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
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