Women’s basketball looks for second win

Senior guard MiMi Dubose (33) stands in triple-threat position ready to take on a defender.Photo by: Courtney Bonacci

Hayden Boudreaux

The Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team will look to capture its second win in a row against the California State University at Northridge (1-2) Matadors.

GSU dominated Jacksonville State University in its first win of the season over the weekend, 63-50. The win came after out-of-conference losses to Auburn University and the University of Kentucky.

Coming into their game against the Matadors, the Eagles have relied on sophomore forward Briana Jones and junior guard Anna Claire Knight to lead the offense.

Through the first three games Jones leads the team in scoring with an average of 10 points per game and a 38.2 field goal percentage.  Right behind her statistically, Knight has averaged 8.7 points per game but has a shooting percentage of 26.9.

The Matador defense will attempt to contain Knight and Jones with their junior center Camille Mahlknecht and senior forward Mikayla Thiegles. Thiegles leads her team with 19 defensive rebounds and two steals while Mahlknecht has totaled 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The Eagles have shown improvement this season with their defensive rebounding. Jones also has displayed her talents on defense, leading the team with 18 defensive boards, 31 total rebounds and three blocked shots.

Assisting Jones on defense is senior center Danielle Spencer with 17 defense rebounds and one blocked shot.

Offensively, the Matadors are led by junior guards Ashlee Guay and Cinnamon Lister. Guay has racked up 16.3 points and six rebounds per game. Lister’s stats are on par with Guay’s, as Lister averages 15.7 points and three rebounds a game.

The Matadors will have momentum coming into tonight’s game after they took down Clemson University over the weekend.

So far the Matadors have averaged 70.3 points per game and have a team field goal percentage of 39.3. With 50 total rebounds per game, Cal. State has made a point of attacking the glass.

GSU finds itself at a statistical disadvantage against Cal. State Northridge, specifically on offense since the Eagles have only averaged 53.3 points per game, while they have played a tougher schedule than the Matadors, they are only shooting at 33.1 percent.  GSU will need its defensive game to be at its peak to keep Cal. State’s shots off target.

The Eagles will take on the Matadors tonight at 7 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse.