Repeat of last season’s tournament

Photo: Ryan Woodham

Katie Tolbert

The Georgia Southern University’s women’s basketball team ended its season with their second consecutive loss against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament.

The Eagles first win in the tournament was expected, and their loss against the No. 1 seed was also expected. Nevertheless, this final 57-67game was nowhere near a blowout and these girls added to their success of this season with this game.

Junior guard Anna Claire Knight was going to make this game count win or loss, when she earned 20 points for the Eagles, pushing her over 1,000 points for her career. Another career high was earned by sophomore forward Sierra Kirkland, with her 13 points earned during this game.

“I’m proud of our resiliency today. We obviously didn’t get off to a very good start, but our kids kept fighting and kept fighting. We settled in a little bit after that, and I thought Sierra did a great job, especially late in the first half, running the floor like she did and getting us some easy baskets,” Head Coach Chris Vozab said in a news release.

The Mocs started the game with all the power on their side of the court, taking an 18-2 lead. By the middle of the first half, the Mocs were up 22-6. The Eagles proved they weren’t going to give up that easy when they came back in the second half shooting 61 percent.

Cutting the deficit down to 10 points was quite an accomplishment for this team, but in the end they could not pull off the win. This is the Eagles ninth game this season that they have lost by 10 points or less.

Consistency and starting out strong seemed to pose as a problem for this team, which is why they ended their season with a losing record of 10-21, 7-11 in conference.

The Eagles are done for this season, but with five seniors graduating and with Vozab getting into her third coaching season, next year’s GSU team could look completely different.