Back at home, the East Tennessee State women’s basketball team looks to break through with its first win of the season tonight.
Morehead State comes to the Minidome to face the Lady Bucs, now 0-10 on the season. Against a Lady Eagles team also struggling at 3-8, it looks like a great opportunity to pick up a first victory.
Coming off a five-game road stretch, the Lady Bucs were solid in their last outing, a 93-77 loss to No. 18 North Carolina. ETSU trailed by just four points at the half and it wasn’t until the Lady Tar Heels went on an 18-2 run midway through the second half that the game got out of reach.
There were plenty of positives to take away from the outing including ETSU holding a 50-45 rebounding advantage.
Despite the rough start, head coach Karen Kemp isn’t ready to throw in the towel. The Lady Bucs are just 0-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. They don’t get into the meat of league play until January.
After facing Morehead tonight, ETSU will host Chattanooga in another non-conference affair on Thursday.
The hopes are the friendly confines of the dome will make a difference. ETSU has won 20 of their last 24 home games including an 11-0 mark during the 2009-10 season.
Senior guard Tarita Gordon at 10.6 points per game continues to pace the Lady Bucs in scoring. She scored in double figures in three of the five road games, while Destiny Mitchell averaged over 10 points during the stretch and to move to 9.3 ppg for the season.
Mitchell also leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and has a total of 13 steals on the defensive end.
Shawn Randall finished the road trip strong with a season-high 16-point performance at North Carolina. She had been lacking on the offensive side and now has an average 4.3 points per game. Senior wing Natalie Pickwell has also been struggling, hitting less than 37 percent from the field and is averaging 8.6 ppg.
With Gordon the only player in double figures, the Lady Bucs are scoring 61 points per contest over 18 points fewer than their opponents.
They do come into tonight’s game well rested, however, with the North Carolina game held nine days ago. On the other side, Morehead State looks to build off a 75-69 win over Robert Morris on Sunday.
The Lady Eagles, who are 0-5 on the road this season, have three players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Linda Dixon is out front at 14.4 points per game.
Junior forward Ashar Harris is averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, and senior guard Courtney
Lumpkin is registering 10.6 points and 3.2 assists per contest.
Morehead State leads the all-time series of former Ohio Valley Conference foes 4-3, but the programs haven’t met since Dec. 1990.
To have a chance, the Lady Bucs must cut down on a turnover margin which they suffer a 7.4 per game deficit. They’ve continued to struggle from the perimeter, making less than 30 percent of shots behind the 3-point line. They haven’t shared the basketball as well as opponents either with seven fewer assists per game.
However, those numbers could change tonight with ETSU’s extra week of preparation.
Through a special promotion with Second Harvest Food Bank, fans who attend today’s game and bring a canned food item with them will receive $1 admission.