|March 07, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||WOF||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.403 (27-67)||.359 (23-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (9-18)||.429 (6-14)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.583 (14-24)|
- 22||Micah Scheetz
Raven Dean - 9
- 8||Kaia Upton
- 4||Erica Haynes-Overton
Kaia Upton - 2
Britney Snowden - 2
Tomlin - 4
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2019) – The quest for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament begins for the ETSU women’s basketball team on Thursday. The Buccaneers head to the 2019 Ingles SoCon Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will square off with No. 5 seed Wofford. Tipoff is set for March 7 at 1:15 p.m. inside the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU has a 10-20 overall record and enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed after compiling an 8-6 record in conference. Last season, ETSU finished 11-3 in the conference and defeated both Wofford and UNCG to advance to the championship game, but fell to Mercer. Sophomores Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) and Micah Scheetz (Knoxville, Tenn.) lead ETSU in scoring, both in double figures. Haynes-Overton ranks fifth in the SoCon in scoring (16.9) and Scheetz is ranked 12th (10.8). Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) averages 9.2 points, ranking 16th, while Lexus Spears (Jacksonville, Fla.) ranks 27th and Raven Dean (Charlotte, N.C.) ranks 28th.
As a team, ETSU averages 67.9 points per game and holds a .413 field goal percentage, ranking third. The Bucs are third in blocked shots (3.6) and assists (12.4). Lastly ETSU is first in the SoCon in steals, averaging 8.7 steals per game.
Wofford enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing 15-14 overall and 7-7 in the conference. The Terriers have not advanced past the first round of the SoCon Tournament since their 2011-2012 season. Wofford is led by All-SoCon First Team selection in Chloe Wanink. She leads the Terriers in points (19.2) and three-pointers (67). Sophomore Da’Ja Green earned a spot on the SoCon Second Team. Green averages 8.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game. Cairo Booker and Niyah Lutz also received recognitions from the SoCon coaches. Booker was named to the All-Defensive Team after leading the Terriers in steals (49). Lutz earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team and averages 6.1 points per game.
The Terriers lead the SoCon in scoring, averaging 73.5 points per game and also have a +5.8 scoring margin. They rank second in the conference with a .417 field goal percentage and first with a .351 three-point field goal percentage. Lastly the Terriers are both second in assists and steals.
HAYNES-OVERTON PAINTING THE RECORD BOOKS
As a sophomore, Haynes-Overton is just 59 points away from notching 1,000 career points. She would become just the third sophomore in program history to achieve this milestone. Last season she set the record for 108 steals in a single season. Currently she has 95 steals on the season, moving into second place and passes Tianna Tarter who recorded 92 steals in the 2017-18 season.
Thursday marks the 29th all-time meeting between the Bucs and the Terriers. ETSU has only lost a total of four games to the Terriers. Both teams split the regular season, each winning on their home court.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The last time both teams met was in Spartanburg, S.C. on Feb. 14, 2019. The Bucs came back to pull within one after being down by twenty in the third quarter. Erica Haynes-Overton led ETSU with 21 points. Lexus Spears finished with 17 points and Britney Snowden had 13 points and seven rebounds. Wofford had three players finish in double figures; Cairo Booker (12), Niyah Lutz (11), and Marissa Bayer (10).
RECORD AS THE NO. 4 SEED
ETSU holds a 2-5 record as the No. 4 seed. The last time they were the No. 4 seed was in 2015, but the Bucs fell 71-68 to Furman. ETSU won as the No. 4 seed in 1984 and in 1985.
Erica Haynes-Overton repeated as the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. She also was named to the SoCon All-Defensive Team, the All-SoCon First Team by the coaches and the All-SoCon Second Team by the media. Kaia Upton was named to the All-Freshman Team by both the coaches and the media. Micah Scheetz was named to the All-SoCon Third Team by the media.
All of the games will be streamed on ESPN+ and the championship game will also be on select Nextstar stations. Pete Yanity will be the play by play announcer with Robin Muller doing the color. Stormy Buonantony will also be the sideline reporter.
WHAT LIES AHEAD
With a victory on Thursday, the Bucs will face the winner of No. 1 Mercer and No. 8 Western Carolina. The semifinal final game for this portion of the bracket is set for Friday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
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