Monday, March 03, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 3, 2008) - The 2007-08 Atlantic Sun regular season champion Lady Buccaneers begin their quest for a conference tournament title Wednesday night when they take on the Mercer Bears. The quarterfinal match-up is set to tip at 6 p.m. (CST) inside Lipscomb's Allen Arena.
ETSU wrapped up the regular season with an 18-11, 14-2 record, and earned the No. 1 seed in the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Lady Bucs faced Mercer back on Feb. 4 inside Memorial Center and ETSU walked away with a 31-point victory, 88-57. Five Lady Buccaneer players scored in double figures and the bench poured in 45 points. ETSU have won three straight over the Bears and lead the overall series, 6-4.
After 29 contests senior Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) and Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) are both posting double figures in scoring. Evans leads the club with 13.6 points along with a team-leading 7.1 rebounds. DeVault, who became the 15th Lady Buccaneer player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, is averaging a career-best 12.7 points this season. As a team, ETSU ranks first in the A-Sun in scoring offense (74.6), field goal percentage (.435), 3-point field goal percentage (.359), rebounding offense (41.2), and assists (16.0). ETSU is 2-2 in A-Sun tournament play and is looking to avenge last season's loss in the championship game.
Mercer enters the conference tournament in the midst of an eight-game losing skid. The Bears have not won since knocking off USC Upstate, 74-61, back on Feb. 2 in Spartanburg. Prior to that win, Mercer suffered a season-long 12 game losing streak. The Bears are led by LaToya Jackson, who is averaging 13.0 points per contest and a team-best 3.6 assists. Jackson leads the conference with her 74 threes and ranks fifth in assists as well as eighth in scoring. Mercer is 7-20 all-time in the conference tournament; however, its last win came against ETSU back in 2006, when the Bears knocked off the No. 3 seed Lady Buccaneers in overtime, 59-56.
Fans unable to make the trip to Nashville can catch Wednesday's action live on CSS or on ASun.TV. Please click the link above to access ASun.TV.
For more information on Lady Buccaneer basketball, click the postseason media guide link above or visit www.ETSUBucs.com.