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|December 16, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||ETSU|
|FG Percentage||.537 (29-54)||.342 (25-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (8-16)||.471 (8-17)|
|FT Percentage||.773 (17-22)||.727 (16-22)|
Jenna Allen - 16
Tianna Tarter - 16
- 9||Britney Snowden
- 10||Tianna Tarter
- 4||Tianna Tarter
Taya Reimer - 4
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2017) – After a strenuous, seven-game road swing, the ETSU women’s basketball team will return to the friendly confines of Brooks Gym Saturday, Dec. 16 for its “Gold Out” game vs. Michigan State at 7 p.m.
For the “Gold Out,” fans are encouraged to wear their favorite ETSU gold apparel as the Bucs look to fill #BrooksToTheBrim with a sea of gold.
Saturday, Dec. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Johnson City, Tenn. | Brooks Gym
Michigan State (6-3) vs. ETSU Buccaneers (6-6)
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ETSU has played away from Johnson City in nine of its 12 games so far and have not hosted a game in Brooks Gym since Duquesne came to town November 19 of this year.
Home, Sweet Home
Home-court advantage has been a plus in close games so far this year, as ETSU is a perfect 3-0 inside Brooks, including an 87-77 season-opening win over Cincinnati and an 81-77 thriller over Duquesne. The Bucs also took down Tennessee Tech Nov. 17, 74-55.
The Bucs will now enjoy a six-game home stand with five more contests in Brooks after MSU. This stretch includes two more non-conference matchups with Northern Kentucky and North Greenville, followed by conference foes Western Carolina, UNCG and Chattanooga.
Scouting the Buccaneers
ETSU is coming off of a 70-58 loss at NC State. After trailing by 21, the Bucs fought back and got within four of the Wolfpack. Britney Snowden (Pensacola, Fla.) shined in the post, scoring a team-high of 15 points. Jada Craig (Winston-Salem, N.C.) scored 14 points for the Bucs after coming off the bench and went 3-3 in field goals and 2-2 in three-pointers. With their speed and agility, both Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) lead the Bucs in points, steals and assists. The dynamic duo has been unstoppable all season as both players each rank in the top ten nationally in steals. Senior Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) has helped the Bucs with her scrappiness and has only missed two free throws all season. Forwards Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Sadasia Tipps (Hickory, N.C.) have come off the bench to help the Bucs tremendously. Stephney is averaging 2.4 rebounds per game, while Tipps leads the team with ten blocks. After heating up from the three-point line in the home opener, Shy Copney (Johnson City, Tenn.) has been the Bucs’ go-to three-point shooter. Copney has eight three-pointers in Brooks Gym. Lastly, Alayjah Sherer (Tupelo, Miss.) has provided great depth for the Bucs, averaging 6.5 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. Since playing a tough road schedule, the Bucs are prepared for their next home contest.
Bucs in the Rankings
ETSU is ranked second in the nation in free throws made. They hold a .690 free throw percentage and had a 75% free throw percentage against NC State. With their tenacious defense, the Bucs are also ranked fourth in steals and 11th in steals per game, 14th in rebounds, and 16th in forced turnovers.
Tarter on Watch Lists
So far this season, Tianna Tarter has been named to the Nancy Lieberman Watch List and the Citizen Naismith Trophy Award Watch List.
Spreading the Wealth
All ten Bucs have scored more than 20 total points so far this season.
Series History vs. Michigan State
Saturday’s contest will be the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Buccaneers.
Scouting Michigan State
The Spartans come into town off an 82-38 win over Rhode Island at home. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks will be the key player to watch for MSU, as she leads the team with 10.8 points per game. The second leading scorer, redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee, has started in five of eight games for the Spartans and reached the career 1,000 point milestone this season against UConn. Agee averages 10.1 PPG and will likely serve as the sixth-man. Redshirt sophomore point guard Shay Colley, who has started all eight games, will be another player to watch for MSU as she produces 8.8 PPG and recorded a season-high five steals last Saturday against Rhode Island.
Much like ETSU, Michigan State holds an undefeated record at home, going 5-0 in East Lansing. But on the road or in neutral sites, the Spartans are 1-3, including losses to two of the top three ranked teams in No. 1 UConn and No. 3 Notre Dame.
ETSU hosts Northern Kentucky next Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. inside Brooks Gym. This game will be part of a double-header with ETSU men’s basketball hosting Georgia Southern in Freedom Hall at 7 p.m. the same night.
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