Eagle close three-game homestand

Photo: Christal Riley

Trevor McNaboe

The rubber match of a three-game home stand for the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team against Davidson College can put the Eagles over .500 in conference.

GSU currently sits at 3-3 in the Southern Conference after a loss to Elon University by 19 points on Monday.

Numbers never lie, and in the last five losses the Eagles have endured they have been outscored and outplayed in the first half.

Playing from behind the eight-ball is a tough task and if the Eagles fall behind early against the Wildcats it could spell trouble.

The Wildcats are coming in on a two-game win streak and currently sit in the upper tier of the SoCon standings with a conference record of 5-1.

Davidson has a trio of players that, if not held in check, could cause major problems for the Eagles.

Senior guard Laura Murray, junior forward Hannah Early and sophomore forward Dakota Dukes combined for 45 of the teams 68.7 points-per-game average.

The matchup between these three players and junior guard Anna Claire Knight, sophomore forward Briana Jones and senior forward Danielle Spencer will be the key to the game.

In the pair of games last season it was the Wildcats that bested the Eagles, winning both games by scores of 61-49 and 73-61.

Senior guard Mimi Dubose came up big, scoring a team-high 21 points in the first matchup between teams last season. Dubose currently averages 10.4 points per game.

GSU has the pieces to get a win here with good guard play from Knight and Dubose, the team’s two leading scorers, and denying Davidson any second chance opportunities by securing rebounds from Jones and Spencer, the team’s leading rebounders.

When it comes down to it this game will be all about how the Eagles handle their individual matchups, and how they do in the early minutes of the game will go a long way in determining the outcome.

The Eagles will take on the Wildcats Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.