Eagles hope to drop Catamounts

Trevor McNaboe

After a three-game home stand that saw the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team drop the last two games, the Eagles face a pair of road games starting with Western Carolina University.

GSU comes in with a 5-13 record, including 3-4 in the Southern Conference after losing by 13 points last Saturday to Davidson College.

The Catamounts currently are 9-9 and are also 3-4 in conference play after dropping a game to Elon University by a score of 67-52.

WCU is a team that has shown significant improvement as they have won more games this season than they did last season, as they went 7-23.

Numbers and trends say a lot about a team and one thing that sticks out is the Catamounts ability to win at home this season.

WCU sits at 5-1 when they play at the Ramsey Center and have won by an average of over seven points in the five wins.

GSU has been struggling on the road the past two years, winning a combined four games in the 23 games played away from Hanner Fieldhouse.

Last season the Eagles defeated WCU twice in the three times they played, however the one loss they had was on the road.

Senior guard Rema Wakama will be the lynchpin for the Catamounts offense as she has been tearing up Southern Conference teams, leading the team in scoring, rebounds and steals.

On the season Wakama is the only WCU player to average double-digit points coming in with 10.9 points per game.

Senior forward Shauna Terry has been the defensive stopper for WCU as she leads the team in rebounds with 4.9 and also averages over a block a game.

GSU will need to take advantage of the fact WCU is not very strong at rebounding and gets outrebounded by an average of three per game.

Sophomore forward Brianna Jones and senior forward Danielle Spencer will be key to get rebounds and also stop any second chances for the Catamounts.

Sophomore guard Anna Claire Knight and senior guard Mimi Dubose will provide the offensive firepower for the Eagles as they, combined, average almost half of the teams scoring output.

Tip off for the game will be on Saturday at 2p.m. in Cullowhee, NC.