Lady Bucs look to get back in the win column Thursday at Radford
Sophomore Siarre Evans is coming off her fourth double-double effort this season.
Sophomore Siarre Evans is coming off her fourth double-double effort this season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

RADFORD, Va. (Dec. 19, 2007) - After losing back-to-back games the ETSU women's basketball team will look to get back into the win column Thursday night when they travel to Radford. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Dedmon Center.

 

The Lady Bucs are in the midst of a season-long five-game road trip and are searching for their first road win since Feb. 17, 2007, when ETSU downed UNF.

 

Below is a breakdown of Thursday's match-up.

 

Lady Bucs Last Time Out

The ETSU women's basketball team outscored Xavier (41-40) in the final 20 minutes, but it was not enough to carry ETSU over Xavier as the Musketeers defeated the Lady Bucs, 76-67, Sunday afternoon inside Cintas Center.

 

The Lady Bucs saw three score in double figures. Leading the way was sophomore guard Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) who tallied her eighth straight game scoring in double figures and picked up her fourth double-double of the season, ending with 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior Michele DeVault (Columbus, Ohio) netted 19 and grabbed three boards, while freshman Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) netted a season-high 10 points and did not commit any turnovers in 31 minutes of work.

 

About The Highlanders

The Highlanders are coming off their most successful season in over 10 years. Last year, Radford posted 20 wins for the first time since 1991-92 and reached the 2007 Big South Championship game for the first time in 11 seasons.

 

Radford was selected to win the Big South conference in 2007-08 as they return preseason all-conference honorees Kelli Darden and Corrie Fertitta. The Highlanders are currently 6-4, and are led by Johnette Walker (12.4ppg, 4.4apg), Fertitta (12.2ppg, 9.2rpg), Taleia Moton (11.9ppg), and Darden (11.2ppg, 8.7rpg).

 

Like the Lady Bucs, Radford competed in the 2007 Preseason WNIT, where they also went 1-2. Radford has wins over Marshall, Winston-Salem State, William & Mary, Navy, Appalachian State, and Wake Forest. The Highlanders have not last at home this season (2-0).

 

The Series

ETSU leads the all-time series, 11-8. The Lady Bucs have won the last three meetings, including eight of the last nine. Siarre Evans guided ETSU past Radford exactly one year ago, as she sank two clutch threes in the final minutes of the game and finished with a game-high 20 points. The Highlanders had three finish in double figures with Johnette Walker leading the way with 16 points. The last time Radford knocked off the Lady Bucs was on Dec. 6, 2000, when the Highlanders won 89-76 at home.

 

Broadcast Information

Fans can view the ETSU/Radford game live via video streaming by clicking the link located above. Please note Thursday's match-up marks the second of at least seven games to be broadcast over the Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation radio stations. Don Helman the "Voice of the Lady Bucs", will be calling all the action on WKPT-AM 1590 in Johnson City, WKPT-AM 1400 in Kingsport and WOPI-AM 1490 in Bristol. Additionally, WOPI's FM translator 97.7 will also air ETSU games.

 

Watch Out...We're Coming Home!

A trio of Lady Buccaneer players return to their home state Thursday evening. Sophomore's TaRonda Wiles (Danville) and Latisha Belcher (Martinsville) as well as freshman Sabrina Treakle (Richmond) will head back to Virginia for the first time this season. Wiles attended Danville River High School, Belcher played at Magna Vista, and Treakle came out of John Marshall.

 

Ball Control

Despite not being able to pull off the upset at Xavier Sunday, the Lady Bucs had a lot to be happy about. One statistical category which they excelled in was turnovers. ETSU committed a season-low 12 turnovers against the Musketeers, and freshmen point guards Tara Davis and Kami Phillips combined to cough the ball up only once.

 

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