|November 30, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||DC||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.516 (32-62)||.321 (18-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.308 (4-13)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (3-6)||.769 (20-26)|
Adams - 9
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 29, 2019) – Having matched their road and non-conference win totals from last season with a Monday victory over Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., the Bucs return to Brooks Gym to host former Southern Conference member Davidson before welcoming Wake Forest and colliding with Cleveland State during their three-game home stand.
ABOUT THE BUCS
Traveling with just nine available players, three of which were carrying significant ailments into the game, ETSU was faced with the task of handling an Appalachian State team that won 22 games last year and went on to win the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.
Despite their competition, ETSU started strong, using a 12-0 run that wrapped the first quarter and began the second stanza, building a lead that was as big as 13 in the first half.
Entering half two with a 10-point lead, the Bucs went on another strong stretch immediately, opening the third quarter on a 6-0 run on their way to a 16-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Once there, the Mountaineers came on strong, as leading scorer Pre Stanley exploded for 17 fourth quarter points after scoring just five in the first 30 minutes of the non-conference clash. But thanks to strong defense down low, a key three from Shynia Jackson (Warner Robins, Ga.) and a game-sealing layup from E’Lease Stafford (Lawrence, Kan.) with under 10 seconds left, Appalachian State would never find a way to get the game to one possession, eventually falling to the Bucs 67-61.
The win was ETSU’s third straight over the Mountaineers and 36th in the all-time series, marking the second-most wins over an opposing program in Buccaneer history (Western Carolina, 53). The triumph gave ETSU win number two of their non-conference season, matching the number the Bucs put up in the 2018-19 campaign, and also matched their amount of wins away from Johnson City they were able to muster last year, improving to 2-2 away from Brooks Gym this season.
Redshirt junior guard Micah Scheetz (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Blue and Gold in scoring with 20 points, while Jackson added a career-high 19 and Stafford tacked on a career-high 14.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS
A noteworthy season for the Atlantic 10 side, Davidson is coming off a year in which they finished above .500 overall for the first time since the 2012-13 season and claimed their first winning season in their current conference.
From their squad that was eliminated in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational last season, the Wildcats return 10 letterwinners and four starters, including preseason all-conference selections Sarah Donovan and Katie Turner. To add to those that are back, four freshman were brought in by third-year head coach Gayle Fulks, including Nov. 18 Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Suzi-Rose Deegan, who entered the week top-10 in the A-10 in scoring.
Davidson has come up against top-level competition lately, losing back-to-back games to ACC sides, most recently being outscored by Duke 68-33 in the final three quarters Wednesday night in a 30-point defeat.
Saturday marks the 28th meeting between the Bucs and Wildcats, though just the third between the two programs since Davidson exited the Southern Conference to join the Atlantic 10 after the 2013-14 athletic year, the Buccaneers winning the previous two out-of-conference contests.
ETSU enters Brooks Gym Saturday looking to tie the all-time series with the Wildcats, Davidson currently leading the results 14-13. In the two sides last matchup, one that also took place in Brooks, Tianna Tarter dropped a game-high 25 points while dishing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds. Tarter was joined in double-figures by Shamauria Bridges, who netted four threes, as well as 2019-graduate Raven Dean, who logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip will be broadcast on ESPN+ with play-by-play man Kasey Marler and analyst Bruce Tranbarger, a live video stream available here.
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