A-Sun Play Continues for Women’s Basketball at ETSU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Mercer women's basketball team is set to hit the road for the first time in over two weeks, traveling north to meet East Tennessee State in Atlantic Sun play on Saturday. Tip-off between the Lady Buccaneers and Bears is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
ETSU enters Saturday's matchup with Mercer at 2-11 (1-2 A-Sun) after most recently defeating USC Upstate 67-64 on Wednesday night. The Lady Bucs are winners in two of their last three contests after starting the season with 10-straight losses.
ETSU was picked to finish third among A-Sun competition in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. Sophomore guard/forward Destiny Mitchell picked up Preseason All-Conference honors in the same poll.
Mitchell paces the ETSU in both scoring (10.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). The Bluffton, Ga. native is currently riding a streak of five-straight games with 10 or more points.
As a team, the Lady Bucs average 63.5 points per game, good enough for third-best among A-Sun teams. The team is also one of the top rebounding squads in the league, ranking second in rebounding margin (+1.1).
Mercer scored 84 points against Stetson on Wednesday, marking the first time the team has topped the 80-point barrier in a reluation game since December 5, 2009. On that date, Mercer downed Belmont 98-69 at the University Center.
Briana Williams and Ry'van Buchanan have topped the 20-point barrier in the same game twice this season. The last team to have two players score 20 or more in the same game on multiple occasions was the 2009-10 Bears. Two players scored 20 or more in the same game twice that season.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Radio 1670 AM with play-by-play provided by the "Voice of the Bears", Rick Cameron. Web streaming of the game will also be available via A-Sun TV.