Lady Eagles look to build momentum

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  • Senior GSU guard Lacie Dowling looks around a defender to line up a pass. Dowling is averaging 8.3 points per game this season, accompanied with a .429 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.Photo by: Courtney Bonacci

Trevor McNaboe

While most students enjoyed a week away from classes, the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team cringed after going 0-3 over the break.

The Eagles were denied a comeback in the waning minutes of the second half against Detroit College after two made free throws with four seconds left put the game away 82-79.

The loss against Detroit left a sour taste in GSU’s mouth as it left the Florida Atlantic University Thanksgiving Tournament without a win after previously losing to host FAU by a score of 82-58.

The Eagles currently are 1-6 overall and struggling on the road going 0-4.

The next opponent GSU will face will be challenging as it takes on Mercer University who is undefeated at home going 3-0.

Mercer is coming off a 68-56 win against Elon University in the Vanderbilt University Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Bears have had early success against Southern Conference opponents as they have come on top in all three of the games they have played with wins against Western Carolina University 67-64 and Furman University 71-67.

GSU senior guard Lacie Dowling is coming off a career performance after scoring a career high 26 points while also tying the school record for three-pointers made in a game with eight.

Turnovers have been a major problem for the Eagles as they are averaging almost 21 turnovers a game while forcing opponents to commit 12 a game.

A positive for the Lady Eagles is that every game they have been cutting down the turnovers as they only had 12 last game while forcing 10.

The two matchups that will determine this game will be the GSU forwards senior Danielle Spencer and sophomore Briana Jones against MU junior center Teanna Robinson as they battle on the boards for rebounds.

Spencer and Jones have combined for a total of four double doubles this season and both currently average 9.4 rebounds a game while scoring around eight points a game.

Robinson on the other side of the ball has been a force twice, recording 15 rebounds and comes in at 11.3 rebounds a game. Offensively Robinson is limited as she scores less than four points a game with most of her shots coming off of offensive rebounds.

GSU will take on the Bears at Mercer on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to try and snap a four-game losing streak and get the team’s first win on the road.