Lady Bucs to face Western Carolina in First Round of WNIT Thursday

Monday, March 12, 2007

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 12, 2007) - The 48-team field has been set and the Lady Bucs will travel to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on Western Carolina in the first round of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night. The pairings were announced late Monday night, while game times will not be announced until Tuesday afternoon.


ETSU (20-11) was one of 31 teams to receive an automatic bid to the tournament after beating out Jacksonville in the head-to-head tiebreaker and finishing second in the A-Sun. This marks only the second time in school history that the Lady Bucs have made a (non-conference) postseason tournament, joining the 1994-95 club, which also went to the WNIT. Should ETSU knock off Western, the Lady Bucs will get a rematch with Virginia Tech in the second round. The Hokies defeated ETSU, 78-64, back on Dec. 18 in Blacksburg.


The Lady Catamounts finished their season 23-9, and also earned the automatic bid to the tournament by winning the Southern Conference regular season title. Like the Lady Bucs, Western Carolina was knocked off in the conference tournament championship game as they fell to Chattanooga, 84-66. The game was tied at 62 with 5:45 to play, but the Lady Mocs closed out the game on a 22-4 run to take home the title. Four of its players reached double figures this season for Western, with sophomore Lauren Powell leading the way with 12.1 points per contest.


Both teams are very familiar with each other after being SoCon rivals from 1983-2005. The Lady Bucs lead the all-time series 42-20 and have won five of the last seven meetings. Head coach Karen Kemp is 13-10 life-time against Western Carolina, while five active ETSU players have played at least two games in the series against the Lady Catamounts.


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MCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 13 of 22
WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU