JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (December 16, 2016) – Enjoying nearly a week off the ETSU women’s basketball team is back in action as the Buccaneers match-up with Elon on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. inside Brooks Gym.
Saturday, December 17 • 2:00 p.m.
Elon Phoenix (4-4, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Conference)
at ETSU Buccaneers (6-5, 0-0 Southern Conference)
ETSU Promotion – UGLY Christmas Sweater Day!
Buc fans are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win a prize pack at halftime.
Scouting the Buccaneers
For the third time this season ETSU is over .500 with a record of 6-5 after defeating Tennessee Tech on the road, 82-76 on Sunday, Dec. 11. ETSU has won three of its last four contests and leads the SoCon with 68.3 points per game.
3-Peat for Tianna Tarter
Junior guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) was named SoCon Player of the Week for the third consecutive week on Tuesday, becoming the first Buccaneer in program history to earn three straight conference player of the week honors. Tarter also became the fourth SoCon player since 1988 to earn SoCon POTW honors in three consecutive weeks.
Tarter Among the Nation’s Best
Tarter has cemented herself as one of the best players in the SoCon and in the nation through the first two months of the 2016-17 season. Tarter ranks top ten in the NCAA in six statistical categories and ranks first in the SoCon in nine categories. For more information on Tarter’s incredible start to the season, CLICK HERE.
• Tianna Tarter is 12 points away from becoming the 23rd member of ETSU’s 1,000-point club.
• Senior Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) is six three-pointers away from becoming ETSU’s all-time career leader in three’s made.
Connect Four at Tennessee Tech
For the second straight year, ETSU women’s basketball won a game in which four players scored in double figures, doing so at Tennessee Tech. Tarter led the way with her game-high 30 points while right behind was sophomore Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) with 17 points and Bridges with 14 points. Off the bench junior Micah Norris (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) registered 11 points.
Capitalizing off Opponent Mistakes
In the past six games the Bucs have forced their opponents to commit 101 turnovers. Off of those turnovers, ETSU has capitalized scoring 106 points.
That 70’s Team
ETSU has recorded 70 or more points in three of the last four contests including a season-high 82 points at Tennessee Tech. The 70-point mark is a good sign for the Bucs with the 75 point mark bringing more success as the Bucs are 127-21 since the 2002-03 season when reaching the 75-point plateau.
Scouting the Elon Phoenix
Elon has an overall record of 4-4 on the year while playing the 11th toughest schedule in the NCAA. The Phoenix received 20 points in the College Insider Top 25 Mid-Major poll and are coming off three straight losses with their previous defeat coming at No.21 Duke on December 8. The Elon offense is led by Shay Burnett and Lauren Brown who average 11.3 points per game.
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