A big challenge in a big state. That’s what awaits the East Tennessee State women’s basketball team this afternoon.
The Bucs, who are coming off back-to-back victories, are in Texas to take on a 7-2 Houston team inside the Cougars’ lair, H&PE Arena.
Action is slated to tip off at 3 p.m.
Entering with a 6-4 mark, ETSU blew out Murray State before posting an 11-point conquest of Winthrop in its last two games. Those contests were away from home, but the road gets tougher with today’s matchup.
Presently riding a five-game winning streak, Houston fought off Texas Tech 79-75 in its most recent encounter. The Cougars’ only losses this year were administered by Texas A&M and Boston College.
Houston boasts four players with double-digit scoring averages, led by Jasmyne Harris with 17.1 points per game and then Angela Harris at 14.4.
In games with big-name competition this season, the Bucs have experienced mixed results. ETSU went down in one-sided fashion to a pair of nationally ranked schools — Tennessee and Notre Dame — but defeated Cincinnati by 10 and lost by only four to Washington State.
Tianna Tarter currently averages a team-best 17.0 points for the Blue & Gold, Erica Haynes-Overton is next with a 14.2 clip and they also rank 1-2 in shooting percentage (48, 45).
The steals department has Haynes-Overton at No. 1 (4.0) and Tarter (3.1) at No. 2. Tarter tops the list in assists (4.0), with Jada Craig doling out 2.4 per contest.
Armed with a 9.2 scoring average, Shy Copney has converted a Bucs-high 21 three-pointers so far this season.
Britney Snowden shows the way in rebounds per game (6.3), while Copney is second (5.0). Sadasia Tipps has blocked 10 shots.
Returning to her home state is senior forward Malloree Schurr, who has started seven games this year for ETSU. She is a product of Montgomery.
ETSU ranks third and Houston fifth in the nation in steals. The Bucs are 11th in steals per game, 15th in turnovers forced and 16th in free throws made.
The only time these two programs met previously was in 1994, when the Bucs prevailed 95-88.