Lady Bucs look to head into holiday break with a victory Saturday
Friday, December 21, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2007) - Playing its final game before the start of the New Year, the ETSU women's basketball team will look to head into the break with a victory as they take on BIG EAST member Georgetown Saturday in the nation's capital. Tip is set for 1 p.m. inside McDonough Arena.


The Lady Bucs are in the midst of a season-long five-game road trip and still searching for their first road win since Feb. 17, 2007, when ETSU downed UNF.


Below is a breakdown of Saturday's match-up.


Lady Bucs Last Time Out

A 21-point, 10 rebound performance by sophomore guard Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga) was not enough to lift the Lady Bucs past Radford, as the Highlanders downed ETSU 73-67 inside the Dedmon Center on Thursday night.


Despite the loss Evans continued to turn out double-doubles. Her effort tonight resulted in her fifth of the season and her ninth-straight game to score in double digits. Senior Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) was the only other Lady Buc to reach double figures netting 12 points for ETSU, while sophomore Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) contributed eight points on the night.  Freshman Kami Phillips (Augusta, Ga.) dished out a career-high seven assists as well. Radford had four players score in double figures, with Kelli Darden leading the way with 20 points.


About The Hoyas

The 2007-08 Hoyas feature eight returning letterwinners and three returning starters that Williams-Flournoy will rely on for scoring punch. The Hoyas will also welcome five newcomers to the program with all five being eligible for competition.


Georgetown will lean on experienced seniors Marlow and guard Kristin Heidloff. The duo has combined start in 89 percent of the team's games in their three years on the Hilltop. Marlow has led the squad in scoring in each of the last two years and has earned all-league recognition three times.


The Hoyas were selected last in the BIG EAST and currently stand at 7-2 overall. Marlow leads the club in scoring (16.2) and rebounding (6.1). As a team, Georgetown averages 67.2 points per game and only allows a mere 52.3 a contest. The Hoyas won five-straight after falling to Hampton in the season-opener, and now have picked up back-to-back wins after losing to Penn State by nine back on Dec. 9. Georgetown has not lost at home this season (4-0).


The Series

Georgetown leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Lady Bucs lost a one-point heartbreaker to the Hoyas last season in Johnson City, 53-52. Georgetown's Brina Pollack made the first of two free-throws with 11 seconds remaining, giving the Hoyas the win and their first lead of the second half. The Lady Bucs had one final opportunity to upset the Big East foe when freshman Siarre Evans stepped to the free-throw line with four-tenths of a second left on the clock, but missed both shots. The Lady Bucs' lone victory came on Feb. 1, 1980 when ETSU defeated Georgetown, 77-66.


What Needs To Happen

The Lady Bucs need to make sure they take a lead into halftime and are ahead with 5:00 minutes remaining. ETSU is currently 2-0 when they take an advantage into the locker room and have not relinquished a lead when being ahead at the five minute mark of the ball game. On the flip side, the Lady Bucs are 1-6 when trailing at the break and 0-6 when not having the lead with five minutes left in the game.


Road Trip

The Lady Bucs are in the midst of on a season-long five-game road swing that began two weeks ago at Davidson. The trip which started Dec. 6 will last all the way through Jan. 2, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Along the way; ETSU will make stops in Cincinnati (Xavier), Radford, and the nations capital (Georgetown). According to the Lady Bucs will travel a little over 3,000 miles on the five-city journey.


Broadcast Information

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