Lady Bucs host Cumberlands in exhibition opener on Sunday

Saturday, October 31, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 31, 2009) - After months of individual workouts and a few weeks of team practice, the ETSU women's basketball team will finally lace up the sneakers for the first time in 2009-10, as the Lady Bucs host Cumberlands on Sunday afternoon inside Memorial Center. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m.


The Lady Bucs and Patriots squared off last season in an exhibition contest, with ETSU needing a second half surge to pull out an 82-67 victory. After trailing by three at the break (39-36), ETSU outscored Cumberlands, 46-28, in the final 20 minutes to pick up the 15-point win. Four Lady Buccaneer players scored in double figures back on Nov. 3, 2008, as Siarre Evans (Griffin, Ga.) led the way with a game high 24 points.


ETSU returns all five starters from last season's NCAA Tournament club, along with bringing in seven fresh faces - including junior college transfer Tarita Gordon (Wichita, Kan.). Gordon will look to give the Lady Bucs some much-needed depth at the point-guard position, as her and Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) will share the duties. Along with Gordon, head coach Karen Kemp landed her second consecutive local recruit in Johneshia Good (Johnson City). Good joins fellow Big 9 Conference standout Natalie Pickwell (Kingsport, Tenn.) on the Lady Bucs roster in 2009-10.


Meanwhile, Cumberlands enters the 2009-10 season on a high note, as the Patriots claimed a share of the Mid-South Conference regular season title, won the conference tournament, and made an appearance in the NAIA Elite 8. Cumberlands posted a school-record 29 wins in 2008-09, and were picked second in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Patriots return two key starters from last season's squad - Lauren Wombles and Amber Neace. Wombles, the 2009 Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year, averaged 14.5 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds in 34 games last season. Meanwhile, Neace led the Patriots with 15.1 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team last March. Both Wombles and Neace were also named NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans.


Fans unable to make the trip to Johnson City can catch all the action online, courtesy of ASun.TV. To access ASun.TV, visit or click on the link above.


In addition, ETSU students who attend Sunday's contest - along with a handful of selected Lady Buccaneer games - will have a chance to win a Nintendo Wii and enter a drawing for a $1,000 cash giveaway, which will be announced at the last regular season game on Feb. 22. Each time ETSU students attend a Lady Buccaneer game, they will have an opportunity to enter the drawing for more chances to win the cash prize at the end of the season against USC Upstate.


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