JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (February 27, 2017) – The ETSU Women’s Basketball team heads to the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, N.C. at the U.S. Cellular Center with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
The Buccaneers head into the SoCon Tournament as the No.3 seed after defeating Furman on Saturday, 75-66. ETSU will match-up with No.6 seed Samford on Thursday, March 2 at 6:15 p.m. The blue and gold swept the season series against the Bulldogs. If the Bucs advance, they will play the winner of the match-up between No.2 seed Mercer and No.7 seed Wofford.
Tickets for the Bucs’ games at the SoCon Tournament may be purchased by clicking HERE or by calling the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 828-259-5736.
Along with the information provided, there are special events that are going on throughout the weekend in Asheville:
- Mission Health and Wellness Day – Friday, March 3
Friday, March 3 marks Cancer Awareness Day at the U.S. Cellular Center. Fans will have access to information about cancer prevention, screening and treatment. The day will also feature special tributes to cancer survivors. Early in the day, the SoCon mascots will visit the children at Mission Children’s Hospital to bring team spirit and smiles.
- Downtown Dribble & KidsFest – Saturday, March 4
PackSquare in downtown Asheville hosts KidsFest from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4. An outdoor pep rally featuring games, cheerleaders, bands, and mascots. As soon as KidsFest ends, Downtown Dribble tips off (11 a.m.) with kids participating in a dribble parade from PackSquare to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Center. Those who participate receive a free T-Shirt, basketball and free admission to the men’s quarterfinal session that begins at noon. You can pre-register or register the day of the event.
- SoCon Teddy Bear Toss – Saturday, March 4
Test your arm with the 2017 SoCon Teddy Bear Toss! Make a donation and receive a stuff animal to throw on the court Saturday at noon during the toss. The bears and donations will go Mission’s Children’s Hospital to help kids vising the hospitals for treatments. There are 1,500 bears available.
- Celebrate Asheville Day and Ingles JAMFEST
The SoCon celebrates Asheville on Sunday (March 5), Lonely Planet’s top travel destination for 2017, with a day-long tribute to the community. The celebration leads up to Ingles JAMFEST, an outdoor tailgate party from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.outside of the U.S. Cellular Center. Hometown headliners Lyric and Joe Lasher Jr. rock the stage. JAMFEST will also feature local food trucks and craft beer and will benefit Eblen Charities’ “Hoops Against Hunger” project.
- Hometown Heroes Day
The final day of competition, Monday (March 6), will honor the men, women and organizations that help enrich the community and work to keep people safe each day. During the tournament championship game, which begins at 7 p.m., SoCon will recognize members of the military, fire, police, emergency services, charitable organizations, government and civil service.
- Hoops Against Hunger
Throughout the tournament bring an approved food item to the U.S. Cellular Center or one of the official host hotels and receive $5 off a single-session ticket for any tournament session. Donations will be distributed at local schools through Eblen Charities' “Hoops Against Hunger” program.
For more information on Buccaneer women’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s basketball page.