Head Coach: Lindsey Huffman
Last Season’s Record: 19-11 (15-5)
Brown Athletic Center
Last year the Lady Eagles finished the season tied for second place heading into the conference tournament. Drawing the four seed in the tournament due to head-to-head tiebreakers, the Lady Eagles faced the Skyhawks of Point University. In a triple overtime game, the Lady Eagles fell to Point 66-64 and were eliminated from the tournament. Losing five seniors last year, three of them starters, the Lady Eagles will only return eight players from last year’s roster and will add six newcomers to the team this season. After completing preseason, the Lady Eagles opened with a 59-53 victory in a scrimmage against Chattanooga State on Monday the 26th of October here at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center.
The Lady Eagles are led by fourth year head coach Lindsey Huffman. Huffman is a homegrown Etowah graduate and comes to us by way of University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga where she served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for three seasons. Huffman began her coaching career as a graduate assistant for her alma mater North Georgia. From there she took her talents to Roswell High School where she not only helped the Lady Hornets reach the Region 6-AAAAA championship with an appearance in the state tournament, but also taught in the school’s special education program. As a former standout guard and current all-time leading scorer at Etowah. Coach Huffman brings years of experience and a strong will for success to the Lady Eagles program.
Coach Huffman is assisted by James Black, the Lady Eagles 4th year assistant. Black is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he began his playing career at Roane State Community College. He transfered to Lee College where his career was cut short due to a knee injury. Coach Black began his coaching career as the head coach of Augustana, a Division III school. During his time at Augustana he led the Vikings to their best finish since 1993 and had at least one Academic All-American nominee in all but one year of his coaching career. Coach Black also comes to us with years of experience by way of his 5 years at Kennesaw State, where he helped guide the program from Division II to Division I. His efforts in recruiting prime players have aided all the teams he has been a part of notably, the recruitment of Miss Tennessee Basketball nominee Taylor Mills to Augustana. With the addition of Coach Black the Lady Eagles have a well-rounded coaching staff that aims to soar to new heights as they head into the 2015-2016 season.
The Lady Eagles roster is composed of 14 ladies, with the majority of the student-athletes being Georgia natives. Only Danielle Pray, Bria White, Angel Foster, and Kelsey Meyers do not call Georgia home. Lauren Mullinax, a Canton, GA native, is one of three seniors on the team. Foster and Kateca Favors are also seniors but transferred into the program, while Mullinax is entering her fourth season with the Lady Eagles.
#3 Danielle Pray JR G 5-4 Bethesda, Md. Francis Marion Univ.
#10 Erika Woodfin JR G 5-7 Trenton, Ga. Dade County High School
#11 Jada Hubbard FR G 5-7 Ringgold, Ga. Heritage High School
#12 Sara Byers SO G 5-6 Canton, Ga. Cherokee High School
#14 Kateca Favors SR F 5-11 Douglasville, Ga. University of North Georgia
#21 Bria White JR F 5-11 Spring Hill, Tenn. Walters State CC
#22 Payton Smith JR G 5-7 Calhoun, Ga. Sonoraville High School
#23 Lauren Mullinax SR G 5-8 Canton, Ga. Cherokee High School
#24 JessAnn Nix SO G 5-7 Calhoun, Ga. Armurchee HS
#25 Angel Foster SR F 6-0 Chicago, Ill. Tennessee Temple Univ.
#31 Tia Sewell SO G 5-6 Atlanta, Ga. Langston Hughes HS
#32 Daniell Goss JR F/G 5-10 Jasper, Ga. Pickens High School
#34 Kelsey Myers FR G/F 5-10 Athens, Tenn. McMinn Central High School
#35 Stephanie Kuhrt SO G 5-7 Adairsville, Ga. Adairsville HS
31 4:00 PM @ Thomas University Thomasville, Ga.
3 5:30 PM @ Auburn-Montgomery Montgomery, Ala.
9 5:30 PM @ Middle Georgia State College Cochran, Ga.
12 6:00 PM @ Bob Jones University Greenville, S.C.
* 18 5:30 PM @ Point University West Point, Ga.
* 21 5:30 PM vs. Bryan College Waleska, Ga.
24 5:30 PM @ Young Harris College Blairsville, Ga.
30 5:30 PM vs. Middle Georgia State College Waleska, Ga.
* 5 2:00 PM vs. Tennessee Wesleyan College Waleska, Ga.
8 5:00 PM vs. Brenau University Waleska, Ga.
* 12 2:00 PM @ St. Andrews University Laurinburg, N.C.
14 5:30 PM @ University of North Georgia Dahlonega, Ga.
17 @ College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, Ga.
29 6:00 PM @ Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Ky.
* 2 2:00 PM vs. Montreat College Waleska, Ga.
* 5 6:30 PM @ Columbia (SC) College Columbia, S.C.
* 7 5:30 PM vs. Union College (KY) Waleska, Ga.
* 9 2:00 PM vs. Truett-McConnell College Waleska, Ga.
* 13 5:30 PM @ Milligan College Milligan College, Tenn.
* 16 2:00 PM @ Bryan College Dayton, Tenn.
* 20 5:30 PM vs. Point University Waleska, Ga.
* 23 2:00 PM @ Bluefield College Bluefield, Va.
* 27 5:30 PM @ Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens, Tenn.
30 5:30 PM vs. Fisk University Waleska, Ga. February
* 3 5:30 PM vs. St. Andrews University Waleska, Ga.
* 6 2:00 PM @ Montreat College Montreat, N.C.
* 10 5:30 PM vs. Columbia (SC) College Waleska, Ga.
* 13 2:00 PM @ Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, Ga.
* 17 5:30 PM @ Union College (KY) Barbourville, Ky.
* 20 2:00 PM vs. Bluefield College Waleska, Ga.
The Lady Eagles finished in a three-way tie for second place in regular season conference play last season. After receiving the fourth seed in the conference tournament, RU was beat by Point University in triple overtime, 66-64. The Lady Eagles are projected to finish sixth in the conference this year. The Lady Eagles participate in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, which consists of 11 schools including RU. The Lady Eagles will open conference play November 18 in West Point, GA in a rematch of the 2014 tournament thriller against the Point Skyhawks.