Third time not the charm against UTC

Randall Hampton

The Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team pulled out a victory in the Southern Conference tournament before top-seeded University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ended the ladies’ season.

GSU dominated Western Carolina University en route to its first SoCon tournament win in three years.  The team was on fire from downtown knocking down 50 percent of its three point shots.

The Eagles also shot 94 percent from the foul line to beat WCU 68-51.  Senior guard Meredyth Frye played inspired basketball in what could have been the last game of her college career.

Frye played the type of all-around game that she has become known for as she led the team in points and steals with 22 and three respectively.  She was also second in rebounding with six.

She led the charge, and her teammates did their best to help Frye’s career last at least one more game.  Sophomore guard Anna Claire Knight chipped in with 16 points, two blocks and two steals.

Senior guard Ronnesha Smith missed only one of her four shots in her 17 minutes on the court and she finished the game with seven points.

GSU split the two regular season meetings with WCU so the Eagles knew what they needed to do to advance in the tournament.

Unfortunately for the Eagles the odds of knocking off top seeded UTC were not quite as high.  The game against UTC was a snapshot of the season for GSU as the team followed up a 51 percent shooting night with a 32 percent performance.

The Eagles went into halftime down 42-32 as the ladies shot 40 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 47 percent for UTC.

The second half was a different story as GSU shot a dismal 22 percent from the floor.  The defense of UTC only allowed GSU to make 6 of its 27 shots.

Guards Frye and Knight each put up 15 points to go along with 13 from junior guard Mimi DuBose, but it was not nearly enough to stop the balanced attack of UTC.

11 of the 12 players in uniform for UTC scored at least two points to help the team advance with a 78-53 win.

GSU women’s basketball had some highs with a dramatic buzzer beater and a win in the SoCon tournament, but the team also had some lows with tough blow-out losses at inopportune times.

Head coach Chris Vozab helped the ladies win a game in the SoCon tournament for the first time in three years.  Next season Vozab and her squad will be looking to build on the positives from this year.