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Bucs hold 2-0 all-time series advantage versus Patriots
FAIRFAX, Va. (Dec. 2, 2014) – The ETSU women’s basketball team will continue road non-conference play on Wednesday evening when it takes on the George Mason Patriots at 5 p.m. inside Patriot Center.
This matchup will only be the third all-time meeting between the two schools with the most recent occurring last season when the Bucs topped the Patriots, 87-76, on Dec. 28, 2013 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center. In this contest, the Blue & Gold featured three double-digit scorers including Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with a team and career-high 21 points. ETSU holds a 2-0 all-time series advantage.
The Bucs (3-4) enter the contest on the heels of three-consecutive road losses including a tough defeat at Virginia Tech on Saturday evening. After falling behind by 11 points in the first half, ETSU came out energized for the second; taking the lead with six minutes left to play. The home team answered, though, and made some plays down the stretch to hold on for a 72-65 victory after being outplayed by the visitors in the period. For the fifth time this season, the Bucs had four players in double-figures; led by 15 points from Clark.
The Patriots (4-3) enter the game following a 71-62 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday afternoon. In the win, Mason was paced by guard Taylor Brown with a game-high 21 points. The victory was the team’s first in three games and on the season the squad is led by Brown’s 22.7 points per game.
Even with a season-low point total in the loss at Virginia Tech, ETSU still leads the Southern Conference in scoring at 73.9 points per game. The Bucs are also shooting a second-best in the conference 43 percent from the field. The Blue & Gold is also getting it done on the defensive end with a SoCon-best 23 percent three-point field goal percentage defense and 4.3 blocked shots per game which is second best in the conference.
Sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) checks in at third in the league at 16.9 points per game and has knocked down a SoCon-best 27 three-point field goals. This 3.9 threes per game average is also fourth-best in NCAA Division I. In addition for the Bucs, Destiny Mitchell’s (Bluffton, Ga.) 10.3 rebounds per contest ranks third in the SoCon and Maria Bond’s (Macon, Ga.) 54 percent field goal percentage is second-best in the conference.
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