GAME NOTES 15-2 (2-0)
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The Particulars What………………………………………….Regular Season Game 18. Conference game 3.
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Last Time Out The Lady Raiders moved to 2-0 in the league, earning their first road win of the conference season, by taking down Marion 59-49. Elauna Eaton and Wakiryah Daniels led the team in scoring, both finishing with 18 points on the night. It marked the 16th time in 17 games Eaton has led or tied for the lead in scoring this season. Daniels got there by going 7-14 (50%) from the field and 3-5 (60%) from 3, while Eaton went 11-14 from the FT line for the majority of her points. Briley Pena was one point shy of reaching double-digits with 9 points. As a team, Nettleton jumped out to a 31-21 lead at the half, thanks to a 42.5% shooting performance. Eaton led in rebounds for the third-consecutive game, hauling in 8 boards (1, 7). Briley Pena led the team in assists with 5, which tied her second-highest total of the season in assists. Sheâ€™s had 5 assists in 3 games this year (Trumann, Jacksonville and Marion). Eaton led in steals with 5. Her 5 steals marked a new career-best in steals, surpassing her old high of 4. Daly Dacus led the team with one block, the 14th time this season sheâ€™s recorded at least one block in a game. As a team, the Lady Raiders shot 42.3% from two, ending a streak of 5 games in which they shot better than 45% from 2. For the 14th time in 17 games, Nettleton shot 70% or better from the FT line, going 16-22 (72.7%) from the stripe. The 16 free throws tied for the fifth-most theyâ€™ve made in a game all season. The gold and black tallied 11 steals vs Marion, which tied for their sixth-highest mark in steals. It also marked the 8th time all season they finished with double-digit steals in a tilt. Tonight marks the 18th game of the season for the gold and black. Over the past five seasons, they are now 126-14 (90%) in regular and postseason play, an average of 24.8 wins per season (including non-conference results in 19-20). The Raiders have also seen at least one double-digit scorer in their last 46 games and had two vs the Marion. Entering play tonight, the Raiders have walked away with a double-digit victory in 86 of their last 102 contests. Advanced Numbers The Raiders had an effective field goal percentage of 48.9% vs the Patriots. Their average EFG% is 49%. The Raiders generated a total of 17 points off turnovers vs Marion. They currently average 16.1 points off turnovers per contest and have generated a total of 36 points off turnovers in league play so far. Nettleton had 18 points in the paint vs Marion. They now average 23.4 PiP per game and average 6.4 in the 2nd quarter of play. The gold and black had just 5 second-chance points vs the Patriots, all in the 2nd quarter. They average 9 for the season.
Nettleton ran 11 OOB plays, covering on 4, with a success rate of 36.3%, converting on 4 plays and going 3-5 on SLOBs. They have an average success rate of 46.5% on all OOB plays this season. The gold and black also had 12 deflections on the defensive end. They average 7.8 deflections but have had 22 deflections in 5A-East play so far. The Lady Raiders had a 66.7% conversion rate on hauling in defensive rebounds. Wakiryah Daniels was a team-best +13 on the night, fi nishing with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. She had a VPS of 1.43. About VPS: Value Point System is a new way to determine play effi ciency. The formula is Pts + Reb + 2 (Ast + Chg + Stl + Blk)/FT misses + 2 (Misses + Fouls + TO). 1 is considered average, with anything two or above considered elite.
Setting the Tone Since their loss to Fayetteville on Dec. 21, the Lady Raiders have responded by opening up the first half on a roll in each of their last four games. Over the last four games, Nettleton has averaged 31.8 PPG in the opening half, with 16.6 of their points coming in the opening quarter of play. As a team, they have shot 45% from the field, 51% from 2 and 36.5% from three while shooting 85% from the line. In each of the last four games they squad has gone into the locker room with the lead, leading by double-digits in three of the four games. The Lady Raiders have been led by at least one double-digit scorer at the half in all four games, and have been led by multiple in 3 games. Daniels and Eaton led with 12 and 11 respectfully at the half vs Marion. Additionally, the Lady Raiders have averaged just 4.3 turnovers in the opening half of play.
A Run For The Record Books With the win over Marion on Tuesday night, the Lady Raiders moved their mark to 126-14 since the 2015-16 campaign, which subsequently moved their winning percentage to 90% in that span. The Raiders have the highest winning percentage among all current 5A schools, with second place being LRCAâ€™s 79% winning pct. The Lady Raiders also lead the 5A conference in wins over that stretch with their 126.
As a team, their lowest winning percentage by season during this run was 2015-16, when they went 27-4, winning 87% of their games. In both the 2016-17 season (93%) and 2017-18 (90%), they had winning percentages above 90%. This yearâ€™s winning percentage sits at 88.2% with 12 conference games to go.
Non-Conference Recap The Lady Raiders accounted for 13 wins in non-conference play, surpassing the programrecord of 12 wins in non-con play. The team accounted for two regular-season tournament championships in the Great 8 Classic and the NEA Tournament. It was the first time since the 16-17 season they claimed two tournament championships. In thee tournaments played, the Lady Raiders saw four different players make alltournament teams. Eaton (3x), Pena (Great 8, NEA), Daniels (FNB Shootout, NEA) and Woodruff (FNB Shootout). Head Coach Jason Smith accounted for his 450th career win in the opening round of the NEA Tournament. He also broke the record for NEA Tournament championships by a girls Head Coach with his 9th. The Lady Raiders led the 5A-East in 60+ point games in the non-conference slate with 8. As a team, the Lady Raiders held five opponents to 40 or fewer points. 10 of the Raiders 13 wins came by double-digits, including a 56-39 win over Batesville. The gold and black knocked down 87 threes, which ranks 3rd in the state. They averaged 5.8 3PM per game.
New Decade, Who This? The Lady Raiders capped off the most successful decade in program history on December 31st, 2019 by defeating Batesville in the NEA Finals. The win lifted the Lady Raiders to their sixth NEA Tournament title of the decade. From Jan. 2010-Dec. 2019 the Lady Raiders complied 210 total wins, averaging 21 wins per season. The Lady Raiders claimed five conference championships last decade, advancing to the state semifinals twice. Overall, 20 different players signed to play at the next level during the decade.
As a team, the Lady Raiders had 8 all-state players and 16 total selections to the All-State teams. The Lady Raiders were 132-20 in the years 2015-2019 to close out the decade.
The Sisterhood Three former Lady Raiders are excelling at the next level this season. Dasia Young fi nished with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in UT Martin’s win over Belmont on Saturday while making her third career start. Young holds averages of 4.9 PPG and 2.2 RPG. She’s played 20 or more minutes in each of the last 5 games. Mya Love has played in 11 games for A-State this season and logged a record 27 minutes vs Georgia State on 1/9. She holds averages of 1.5 PPG and 1.7 RPG Jordan Elder has started each of the last four games for Harding and scored a career-high 17 points in the Bisons win over Southern Nazarene on Saturday. Elder holds averages 11.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1 APG and 1.1 SPG this season.
First Half of League Play Since the 2015-16 campaign, the Lady Raiders are 32-1 in the first half of league play. The Raiders have not lost in the first half since Jan 2016 when they fell to GCT, meaning they have won 30 straight games in the first half of conference play. Nettleton has scored 60 or more points in 18 of their 33 games in the span (56.2%) while holding 18 opponents to under 40 points. On average, they’ve outscored opponents 60.7-38.9 (+21.8).
Double-Digit Scorers Nettleton has had two or more double-digit scorers in NINE consecutive games. The last time they didn’t have two or more was on 12/12 when they defeated Hoxie. In those seven games, the Lady Raiders have seen six diﬀerent players go for 10 or more points, including Elauna Eaton, Wakiryah Daniels, Travia Woodruﬀ, Briley Pena, Daly Dacus and Laila Eliotti. Over the last five games, the Lady Raiders have three players averaging double-digit points per game. Elauna Eaton averages 23.2 PPG on 43.8% shooting, Briley Pena averages 15.6 PPG on 64% shooting and Wakiryah Daniels averages 10 PPG on 41% shooting. The gold and black have had at least one double-digit scorer in every game this year, and have had multiple double-digit scorers in 14 contests.
Top-Notch Guard Play The Lady Raiders have gotten excellent contributions from their guards this season. The Raiders guards have combined to score 52.4 PPG, which makes 86.7% of the teams scoring load. Pena, Eaton and Daniels alone combine to average 43.5 PPG. Lady Raider guards have combined to shoot 34.1% from deep and 34% from the field. Additionally, the Raiders have been led in scoring by a guard in every single game this year. All 5 of the top spots for free throw percentage on the team belong to guards. Alexa Jackson (100%), Briley Pena (85%), Elauna Eaton (85%) and Laila Eliotti (82%) all are shooting 80% or better from the line. Three Lady Raiders have already cleared 100 in total points this season, all three of which are guards. EE leads the team with 344 points, while Briley Pena sits at 168 points and Wakiryah Daniels has 141 points. Elite from the stripe The Lady Raiders have gotten off to a red hot start from the FT line this year, shooting 76% from the line. The gold and black have now shot 70% or better from the free-throw line in 14 games this season, including the Marion game, where they shot 72.7%. Theyâ€™ve now shot 70%+ in 11 of their last 12 games. The Raiders were 16-22 from the stripe vs GCT. It was their 6th-best free throw percentage of the season. Briley Pena, who leads the team in FT% at 86%, has gone 100% from the FT line in 7 of the Raiders last 9 games. In that stretch, she is 27-31 (87%). She was 5-5 from the line vs GCT, the highest amount of FTs she has attempted in a 100% game this year. She went 1-2 vs Marion. As a team, the Lady Raiders rank 1st in the state in free throw percentage, shooting 227-300 (75.6%) from the stipe. Briley Pena leads the state FT%, shooting 86%. Elauna Eaton ranks 2nd in the state, shooting 85%.
Finding her groove Briley Pena has played some of her best basketball of the season over the last seven games.
Since the Jacksonville game, Pena is averaging 13.6 PPG on 55%/37% shooting from the field. She’s also shooting 68.6% from 2. Pena has also chipped in to average 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in that span. Pena’s average of 11.3 PPG for the season is up 34.5% from her average of 8.4 PPG after the fi rst three contests. Over the last 7, Pena has led the team in at least one category in every game. She led in charges (1) vs Jacksonville, FT% (100%) and defl (4) vs Brookland, Stls (3) vs Fayetteville, 2FG% (100%), Stls (3) and Chgs (1) vs VV, FG% (78%) and 2 FG% (100%) vs Batesville and FG% (67%), 2 FG (100%) and FT% (100%) vs GCT and Ast (5) vs Marion.
EE can hoop Elauna Eaton enters play tonight on the heels one being one of four nominees in the state of Arkansas for the McDonald’s All-American game that will be played in Houston on April 1st. She joins Jordan Elder as the only other Lady Raider in program history to be a nominee for the McDonald’s All-American game. In the game vs Marion, E recorded her career mark in steals with 5 on the night. She also added 18 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. For the season, Eaton has averages of 22.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG and 1.5 SPG. Eaton has scored in double-digits in all but one game and has scored 20+ points in 11 of the 16 games this season. Eaton currently ranks 1st in the state in PPG, 18th in the state in FG% (50%), 15th in 3FG% (34%), 1st in Pts/32 (26.9), 5th in 2pt FG% (59%), 12th in 3p/G (1.9), 1st in FG makes (among players who played 16 or fewer games) (123) and 7th in double-doubles (3). This season, Eaton made double-digit free throws in a game for the first time in her Nettleton career, going 10-13 (77%) from the charity stripe vs Riverside in the second game of the season. She has since sank double-digit free throws in two other games, going10-10 (100%) from the FT line vs Hoxie. EE went 13-13 (100%) from the stripe vs Jacksonville. It was 11th time in her Nettleton career she shot 100% from the FT line, but it was the most attempts she has ever taken in a 100% game. EE recorded four steals in both the Trumann and Southaven games, marking the first time in her Nettleton career she’s recorded 3 or more steals in consecutive outings. The four steals were the most she’s had in a game since 2/15 vs MH. She had two in the game vs Fayetteville and hasn’t recorded once since.
Eaton had 2 points in the paint vs Marion. Overall, the 5-star Arkansas signee averages 8.8 PPG from the post. Rank That The Lady Raiders are ranked 149th in the nation in the MaxPreps rankings. The Raiders rank 3rd in the state in the rankings behind Conway (1) and Cabot (2). Nettleton ranks 1st in the 5A rankings, just above Greenwood and also 1st in the Jonesboro area rankings. The Raiders rank 4th in the state in the Arkansas Sports Media rankings. They are 1st in the 5A conference in the rankings. Around the State The Lady Raiders rank 3rd in the state in PPG, averaging 60.3 points per contest. They rank 1st in the 5A in the category. Nettleton ranks 4th in FG% (43%) and 5th 3 point field goal% (34%). The Raiders FT% of 76% ranks 1st in the state of Arkansas. Theyâ€™ve made 211 free throws (12.9 p/g). The Raiders lead the 5A conference and rank 3rd in the state in rebounds per game, averaging 29.3 boards per tilt. The Lady Raiders rank 4th in the state in assists per game, averaging 11.6. Their AST: TO rate of 1.19 also ranks 4th in the natural state. Nettleton is 2nd in the 5A and 11th in the state in steals per game, averaging 9. The Raiders have t20 players that rank in the top-25 in the state in FG percentage. Eaton ranks 13th, shooting 50%, while Pena ranks 25th, shooting 43% from the field. Laila Eliotti and Briley Pena both rank in the top-10 in the state in three-point FG%. Eliotti ranks 3rd, shooting 44% (18-41) from deep. Pena ranks 8th, shooting 39% (19-48). Travia WoodruďŹ€ comes in at no. 5 on the assists list in the state, and ranks 1st in the 5A Conference, averaging 3.8 APG. Briley Pena averages 3.1 per game, which ranks 12th in the state. Additionally, Pena AST/TO Ratio of 2.58 ranks 5th in the state. She has 54 assists and just 19 turnovers. Daly Dacus ranks 2nd in the 5A in BPG and 8th in the state, averaging 1.1 BPG. She has a total of 20 blocks this season so far, recording her 20th block in the win over Marion.
Defense doesn’t Graduate The Lady Raiders have been eﬀective on the defensive end, holding opponents to just 46.2 PPG. Their Points Allowed average has gone down 2.9% since the Jacksonville game. Nettleton has held opponents to single-digit points in 23 of its 70 quarters played to this point (32.8%). On average, the Raiders have held opponents to 38.7% shooting from the field, and 3.3 FGM in the fourth quarter. They also hold opponents to 33% shooting from three, and 23.1% from three in the fourth quarter of play. The gold and black held Marion to just 2-16 (12.5%) shooting from three Tuesday. In the second half of games this season, the Raiders, on average, have held opponents to just a 24% oﬀensive rebound rate. As a team, the Raiders average 7.7 deflections and 8.8 steals per game. Travia Woodruﬀ, Elauna Eaton and Briley Pena make up more 63.6% the teams steals per game, averaging 5.6. Woodruﬀ leads the team, averaging 2.2 SPG and had four vs GCT. Historic Scoring The Raiders scored 71 points vs Valley View in the semifinals of the NEA Tournament, marking the 76th time they have reached 60 or more points in a game since the 2015-16 season. It was also the 51st time since the start of the 2017-18 season (70 games) that the Raiders reached 60 or more points. They scored just 59 vs GCT The Lady Raiders have made 20 or more field goals in 10 of their 15 games this year They have now made 20 or more field goals in 35 games since the start of the 17-18 season. They made just 19 vs GCT, which ended a streak of five straight games where they made 20+. The Raiders sank 10 three-pointers vs VV, the second time this season they’ve made double-digit threes in a game (11, NLR). They had just two threes vs Batesville in the NEA Finals, their lowest mark of the season. Nettleton has had success from corner threes this season, 43/104 (41.3%) in all corner three attempts. #WeRaid in January The Raiders are 32-2 in January dating back to Jan. 2016. They have won nine straight in the month. In the month they outscore opponents, on average, 59.1-38 (+21.1)
Their largest margin of victory in the month came during the 2016-17 season when they defeated Wynne 63-6 on 1/17. 14 of the Raiders last 18 games in the month have resulted in double-digit victories. They have won six-straight by double-digits in the month entering play tonight. The Lady Raiders enter with a mark of 13-1 in January home games dating back to the 2015-16 season. They have not lost a January home game since they lost to GCT 49-40 in 2016, meaning they have won 12 straight at home in Jan, including last Friday’s 59-47 winner over GCT. The Raiders did not have a losing record in January in the past decade. Their last losing record in the month came in 2008 when they wen 3-5. They went a perfect 7-0 last season and are currently 1-0 this season. Home Court Advantage The Lady Raiders are 38-2 at Raider Gym dating back to the 2015-16 season. They have won 35 of their last 36 games on the home floor and have won three straight overall. After going 8-1 last season, they are oﬀ to a 2-0 start this year on the home floor with wins over Jacksonville and GCT. In their regular-season games at Raider Gym since the 15-16 season, the Lady Raiders have outscored their opponents, on average, 60.8-37.3 (+23.5). The Lady Raiders have put up 70 or more points at Raider Gym 12 times in that span. They have also held opponents to under 40 points 23 times over the last 34 home tilts (67.6%). The Raiders largest margin of victory at home came on 2/14/17 when they defeated Wynne 75-14 (61 points). I’m ballin’ outta control, keep on receiving the scholarships Elauna Eaton signed a Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Arkansas earlier this year. Their signing marked the 21st next level signing by a Lady Raider basketball player since 2009, an average of almost two per season. Tylei Woﬀord-Byrd committed to play at UT-Martin this summer, joining former Lady Raider Dasia Young.
Senior Daly Dacus holds oﬀers from Labette College and ASU Mid South. Junior Laila Eliotti holds an oﬀer from Crowley’s Ridge College. Sophomore Cydney Crippen holds an oﬀer from SEMO and picked it up as an 8th grader. Quest For Five Last season, the Lady Raiders went 13-1 in league play and wrapped up a conference championship by beating Paragould 54-39 on 2/12. The Lady Raiders are the only team in the state who has won four-straight league championships. Additionally, the Lady Raiders did not finish with a losing record in conference play in the last decade. They are now 61-5 in league play over the last 5 seasons and have not lost more than twice in any year, averaging 14.8 wins per season. Additionally, the Raiders lead the series against every opponent in the 5A-East except for GCT, who they are tied with 15-15 all-time. Record Setters Elauna Eaton enters play tonight with 1,392 career points and sits at 3rd all-time on the scoring list at Nettleton, after surpassing Mya Love’s mark 1,371 career points vs GCT. She is 48 points away from surpassing Jennifer Towne (1,440) for 2nd place. Travia Woodruﬀ surpassed Brea Smith’s mark of 156 assists (6th all-time) vs GCT with seven and now has 163 career assists. She is now 23 assists away from surpassing Alexis Sharp’s mark of 186. Elauna Eaton currently ranks 2nd all-time in program history in 3 pointers made with 166 and moved into 2nd place with her 3-pointer vs Batesville. EE is 76 3 pointers oﬀ of Ali Tucker for 1st place. The Monstars The Lady Raiders have picked up 17 mercy-rule victories in their last 45 games (37.7%). Nettleton has now recorded 28 mercy-rule victories throughout the last three seasons.
Last season, the Lady Raiders outscored their opponents, on average, 67.4-43.6 (+23.8). This season, their point diﬀerential is 58.7-41.5. (+17.2). The Lady Raiders finished second in the state in point diﬀerential for the 18-19 season, scoring 648 more points than their opponents. Nettleton has also scored 70 or more points 25 times since the start of the 17-18 campaign. We Win Here The Raiders are 38-2 in all home tilts since 15-16. They were 8-1 in home games last year and are currently 2-0 this season. Nettleton is the only team in the 5A Conference to win 70% or more of their games every year since the 15-16 season. Coach Jason Smith enters tonight’s contest with a record 454-168 (72.9%) as a Head Coach. Team Leaders by Average: Pts- Eaton (22.7) Rebs- Eaton (7.6) Ast- Woodruﬀ (3.5) Stl- Woodruﬀ (2.1) Blk- Dacus (1.1) FG Pct (active)- Eaton (52%) 3pt FG (active)- Eliotti (42%) The more you know This section of game notes is reserved for mostly useless information Nettleton has never lost when they’ve scored more points than their opponent. Did You Know: There is a McDonald’s in every continent except Antarctica. The Lady Raiders are 42-4 in games played on Fridays since the start of the 2015-16 season. They have gone undefeated in Friday games the last two seasons, going 11-0 in 17-18 and 10-0 in 18-19. They had won 22 straight games on Friday’s before falling to Batesville in the FNB Semifinals in December. They defeated GCT last Friday. The Lady Raiders have held their opponents to 45 or fewer pts 47 times since the 17-18 season.
Since the 2014-15 season, the Lady Raiders are 38-0 when they reach 70 points. Nettleton ended a 124 game streak in which they did not go to overtime vs Marion last season. They have not played an OT game in their last 24 tries. The Series Nettleton leads the series vs West Memphis 7-2 dating back to the 2009 season. The Raiders have taken all 6 matchups vs the Blue Devils since the tow became conference mates in 2016. The Raiders defeated West Memphis 72-33 the last time these two teams met up on 2/8/19. The Raiders were paced by an 18 point/67% shooting eďŹ€ort from Elauna Eaton on the night. Nettleton jumped out to a 25-10 lead after one quarter of play before expanding it to 45-16 by halftime. Tebrya Benford also led the team in boards with 7 (2, 65. Mya Love led in assists with 5 and in steals with 4. Know thy opponent West Memphis Lady Blue Devils The Blue Devils enter with a mark of 13-3 (2-0) and are one of just three unbeaten teams in league play joining Nettleton and Jonesboro. Winning percentage-wise, their 13-3 mark is 2nd best in the league behind Nettleton. The Blue Devils enter having won 8 of their last 9 overall and 2 straight in league play. They defeated Searcy 41-29 on Tuesday. The Blue Devils currently average 56.4 PPG, while giving up 46.1 PPG (+10.4). They rank 2nd in the conference in PPG average behind Nettleton. They are 7-1 in true road games with their one loss coming to Rogers Heritage, 61-44, in the 3rd place game of the Great 8 Classic. The Head Coach of the Blue Devils is Shelia Burns, who is back after taking a year oďŹ€ a season ago. Burns has been at West Memphis since 2006-07 and has compiled a record of 183-125.
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