January 04, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Western Carolina111912850
ETSU1915171566
Stats at a GlanceWCUETSU
FG Percentage.432 (19-44) .343 (24-70)
3P FG Percentage.400 (4-10) .250 (4-16)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .875 (14-16)
Offensive Rebounds1122
Defensive Rebounds2515
Total Rebounds3637
Turnovers3214
Steals520
Bench Points2220
LeadersWCUETSU
PointsTess Harris - 12
Tianna Tarter - 22
ReboundsAngel Allen - 9
Sadasia Tipps - 9
AssistsJonTay Mitchem - 4
Britney Snowden - 5
StealsNikki Johnson - 2
Erica Haynes-Overton - 7
BlocksEmily Hatfield - 2
Malloree Schurr - 1
Tianna Tarter - 1
Anajae Stephney - 1
Sadasia Tipps - 1
Bucs Host Western Carolina on Thursday for SoCon Opener
Bucs Host Western Carolina on Thursday for SoCon Opener
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

ETSU has won two of its last four conference openers

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2018) – The ETSU women’s basketball team begins Southern Conference play on Thursday, as the Buccaneers host Western Carolina at 7:00 p.m. inside Brooks Gym. It’s the first of three straight home games to begin SoCon play for the Bucs.

Thursday, Jan. 4 | 7:00 p.m. | Johnson City, Tenn. | Brooks Gym

ETSU Buccaneers (7-8) vs. Western Carolina Catamounts (3-11)

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Scouting the Buccaneers

Ringing in the New Year, the Bucs have an overall record of 7-8 and have just snapped a four-game losing streak with a dominant win over North Greenville after returning from the Holiday break.  After missing the last four games, Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) came out and tallied 13 rebounds. She is right behind Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) who is ETSU’s leading rebounder. Guards Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.), Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jada Craig (Winston-Salem, N.C.) have used their quickness and agility when ETSU uses their full court press. Tarter and Haynes-Overton continue to put up big points for the Bucs as well. Shy Copney (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo, Miss.) have helped contribute points with their stellar three-point shooting. Down in the post, Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.), Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.), and Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) have been tremendous for the Bucs, as they have been out-sized in almost every game, but continue to fight for rebounds and put up baskets.  

Reaching Career Bests

Last game against North Greenville, Erica Haynes-Overton recorded a new career-high of 29 points. She moved into sixth place in ETSU’s single-game scoring records. Anajae Stephney also had an impressive game after tying her career-high of 11 points.

Amongst Conference Stats

The Bucs lead the SoCon in steals, averaging 12.6 per game and in offensive rebounds, averaging 16.1 per game. In the top individual stats, Tianna Tarter and Erica Haynes-Overton rank in scoring as they both are in double figures. Britney Snowden makes her name in the SoCon as a top rebounder, while Tarter fills up the stats sheets in assists and free throw percentage. Tarter and Haynes-Overton also are atop the conference in steals, as they’ve been stealing machines all throughout non-conference action. Shy Copney is fifth in three-pointers made and Sadasia Tipps leads the Bucs in blocks.

Awesome Attendance

ETSU is second in the SoCon in attendance. The Bucs finished last season second in attendance.

100th Career Game

Tianna Tarter is set to start and play in her 100th career game for the Bucs.  

Conference Action

All eight teams will open conference play on Thursday. Including the Bucs, there are six teams that have a one-game winning streak.

Tarter on the Watch Lists

So far this season, Tianna Tarter has been named to the Nancy Lieberman Watch List and the Citizen Naismith Trophy Award Watch List.

Spreading the Wealth

All ten Bucs have scored more than 40 total points this season.

Series History vs. Western Carolina

Thursday’s matchup will be the 72nd meeting between the Buccaneers and the Catamounts. ETSU swept Mercer in both contests last season and are looking to pick up their eighth straight win over the Catamounts.

Scouting Western Carolina

Western Carolina comes to Johnson City with a 3-11 record, coming off of a 79-34 win over Brevard college. Following their game with ETSU, the Catamounts will head to the second place team in the conference, which is Chattanooga. Western Carolina has a 0-8 record when playing on the road and a 1-2 record when playing on Thursdays. Sherae Bonner leads the Catamounts after averaging 11 points per game. She also is their best rebounder and has 19 blocks on the season. Lauren LaPlant and Tess Harris will be ones to watch out for on the arc as they are the Catamounts’ best three-point shooters.

What’s Next?

ETSU hosts UNCG on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 2:00 p.m.

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