ETSU picked fifth; Mitchell named preseason all-league
Senior Destiny MItchell was selected to the preseason All-Atlantic Sun First Team.
Senior Destiny MItchell was selected to the preseason All-Atlantic Sun First Team.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 17, 2013) – Selected by the Atlantic Sun conference head coaches, the ETSU women’s basketball team was picked in a tie for fifth place in a preseason conference poll while senior Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) garnered preseason First Team All A-Sun honors, the league office announced Thursday.

Both with 49 points, the Buccaneers and the North Florida Ospreys were picked in a fifth-place tie. With seven first-place votes, the defending A-Sun regular season champ Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU) was selected first, while the reigning Atlantic Sun Championship victor Stetson was chosen second. In addition, the Bucs were tabbed seventh in a preseason media poll.

ETSU will enter into the Ezell era in 2013-14 coming off of an 8-18 overall campaign and a 6-12 mark in conference play last year. The Blue and Gold return four starters and nine letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad. Among the returnees are six players who started 10 or more games last season.

Highlighted among the returnees is last year’s team-leading scorer and rebounder Mitchell who led the way with 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. As is mentioned above, Mitchell was selected by the league head coaches to a ten-member preseason All-Atlantic Sun First Team. Mitchell has notched 25 career double-doubles and is on the cusp of surpassing the 1,000 career-point mark with 978 points currently. Last season, the native Georgian ranked among the top six in the conference in three categories including second in rebounds per game (8.1), fourth in field goal percentage (.500) and sixth in steals per game (1.9).

FGCU senior Sarah Hansen was voted the A-Sun Conference Preseason Player of the Year while Stetson senior Sasha Sims was named the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

The ETSU Bucs will kickoff action in 2013-14 with a home exhibition matchup versus Shepherd University on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m. Secure your tickets for the upcoming season by clicking here or by calling (423) 439-3878.

Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll
1. FGCU 97
2. Stetson 86
3. Mercer 83
4. Northern Kentucky 66
T5. ETSU 49
T5. North Florida 49
7. Jacksonville 43
8. USC Upstate 41
9. Lipscomb 22
10. Kennesaw State 14

Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team
Sarah Hansen, FGCU (Player of the Year)
Queen Alford, Jacksonville
Kendra Grant, Mercer
Sasha Sims, Stetson (Defensive PoY)
Destiny Mitchell, ETSU
Whitney Knight, FGCU
Briana Williams, Mercer
Precious Bridges, Mercer
Kayla Thacker, Northern Kentucky
Brittany Starling, USC Upstate

Stay tuned to ETSUBucs.com and the women’s hoops link for more on ETSU women’s basketball leading up to the season.

ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
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 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
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
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 19, 11:30 a.m. University of North Carolina Wilmington
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 20, 12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State University