Career-high night for Barber dampened by another conference loss

Elijah Jackson

Georgia Southern’s women’s basketball fell to Coastal Carolina 90-74 in the second to last home game of the season. 

The Eagles struggled in the second half shooting the ball as they were only able hit 10 out of 41 shot attempts.

Coastal Carolina outscored the Eagles in the second half 50-35. They also managed to win the points in the paint battle as they had 46 points compared to the Eagles’ 20 points.

“Coastal Carolina is number one in the league for a reason,” Head Coach Anita Howard said. “They’ve got a strong inside presence and a strong outside presence as that’s hard to combat. We played as tough as we could as long as we could, and then their dominance just showed in the paint. 

GS also struggled to hit the 3-point shot tonight as well as they only hit 11 of 34 attempts. 

Junior guard Tatum Barber had a career night as she scored 29 points which is a new career high. She also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

”I just do what I can for my team, if the shots come then the points come,” Barber said. “But most of the time when I see the ball go in it gets me hot and I usually make a couple more out the more the ball goes in.”

Barber helped spark a 2nd quarter run where she hit three straight 3-pointers en route to 13 points in the quarter to help the Eagles only trail by one going into halftime. 

Alexis Brown, Jaiden Hamilton and Niki McDonald added 13 points respectively. 

GS will be back in action on Saturday at Hanner for senior day when they take on App State. Last time these two teams met App State ended up getting the win on their home court.

“We definitely gotta bounce back from today and with Saturday being the seniors last home game,” Barber said. “I think our mindset is playing for them because it’s going to be the last time we get to play with them on this court.”

Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected]