ETSU looks to keep winning streak alive
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 12, 2014) – The ETSU women’s basketball team will return home for the first time in nearly a month when it welcomes the Eastern Kentucky Colonels to Brooks Gym on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
The Bucs (5-4) and Colonels (4-3) will square off in the 12th all-time meeting between the two teams; a series that EKU leads, 8-3, but ETSU has won the last two meetings.
The Blue & Gold enters Saturday’s contest after winning two in a row to close out a six-game road swing. In the most recent victory, the Bucs turned in an impressive performance in a dominant 88-64 win at Alabama A&M this past Saturday. Leading the offensive attack for ETSU in Normal, Alabama was each of the five starters reaching double-figures; led by 16 points from both senior forward Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and freshman guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) This 88-point offensive explosion is a season-high point total and also marks the third time this season the Blue & Gold has had five players with double-digit scoring performances.
EKU will come into the game also winners of two straight including a 63-58 home victory versus Marshall this past Saturday. In the win, the Colonels were paced by Miranda Maples and Michaela Hunter each with 12 points. Presently, EKU leads the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) in field goal percentage defense (35.6%), is second in scoring defense at 60.1 points per game, and paces the league in three-point field goal percentage (36.1%)
ETSU remains as the Southern Conference’s highest-scoring team with 76.6 points per game. The Bucs are also shooting a proficient 45 percent from the field – good for second in the league – and are holding opponents to a SoCon-best 22 percent shooting behind the arc.
Four of ETSU’s five starters are averaging double-figures; highlighted by sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges’ (Miramar, Fla.) 15.9 points per contest. Bridges’ points-per-game average ranks third-best in the league and her 3.3 three-point makes per game is second-best in the conference. In addition, senior forward Maria Bond’s (Macon, Ga.) 56 percent clip from the field is tops in the SoCon and Tarter’s 3.6 assists per contest ranks second in the league.
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