Lady Bucs set to face Mercer in A-Sun first round on Thursday

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

DOTHAN, Ala. (March 8, 2006) - The Lady Bucs will vie for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, this weekend at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in the Dothan Civic Center.  Third-seeded ETSU draws Mercer, the sixth seed, in the conference quarterfinals, set for Thursday, March 9, tipping off at 6 p.m. CST.  Catch all the action by clicking the Buccaneer Sports Network link on ETSUBucs.com.

The Atlantic Sun Tournament ...

The 2006 A-Sun Championship Tournament will mark the first-ever postseason appearance for the Lady Bucs as members of the A-Sun.  ETSU draws sixth-seeded Mercer in the first round, after defeating the Bears, 62-47, just two weeks ago in Memorial Center.  The teams stand at 1-1 on the season, however, with Mercer upping the Lady Bucs, 61-57, in Macon on Jan. 28.  Should ETSU down Mercer in the first round, it will face either Florida Atlantic or Jacksonville in the conference semi-finals.  ETSU has defeated the Dolphins handedly in both meetings this season, while FAU has been a thorn in the Lady Bucs' side all year, winning both contests.  Top-seeded Belmont looks to be the favorite winning 13 of its last 14 games, and posting a 17-3 conference record.  ETSU was responsible for one of Belmont's A-Sun losses, however, downing the Bruins, 66-52, on Dec. 1.

 

Postseason Awards ...

Senior B.J. Banjo and sophomore Nichelle Akers both garnered postseason A-Sun recognition on Tuesday, with Banjo netting a spot on the all-conference first team and Akers earning the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year nod.  Banjo was one of just three unanimous choices to the first team, along with Preseason Player of the Year Nefertiti Walker of Stetson, and conference Player and Freshman of the Year Alysha Clark of Belmont.  Also making the first team were Jacksonville's Ashley Williams and FAU's Shontavia Williams.  Akers was named the conference's top defender after a stellar season on the defensive end, including a career-best and school-record tying nine steals against Campbell on Jan. 19.  The sophomore was sixth in the A-Sun in steals per game with 2.2 takeaways a contest.

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