Eagles to make Cougars see pink

Randall Hampton

Saturday at 5 p.m. the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team will have the chance to prove to a pink crowd that the College of Charleston’s previous two-point win was a fluke.

Two points is all that separated GSU from the sweet taste of victory in the last meeting with CofC, as the Eagles fell 58-56.

Pack the House in Pink,” hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, will aim to raise awareness about breast cancer and maybe give the Eagles a jolt of energy.

The team has hit a bit of a rough patch losing its last three games, but GSU could turn things around against CofC.

GSU nearly soared to a victory in the last game against the Cougars behind a furious second half charge that saw the Eagles dig themselves out of a 17-point hole.

Senior guard Meredyth Frye and junior guard Mimi DuBose lifted the team by doing what they do best.

Frye showcased her versatility with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists; DuBose hit four three pointers on her way to 27 points in that game.

The Eagles committed 25 turnovers compared to just 15 for the Cougars. The 10 extra turnovers helped CofC attempt 26 more shots than GSU. To put that in perspective, GSU attempted 27 shots total in the second half. GSU basically gave CofC an extra half of possessions when the teams played in South Carolina.

GSU put the ball in the hoop, but the team could not keep CofC from doing the same. Five players scored at least seven points for CofC, and senior center Latisha Harris spearheaded the Cougar attack with 14 points.

Junior guard Jillian Brown lit the Eagles up with 11 assists in the last meeting, matching her season high.

Brown leads the Southern Conference in assists with 6.6 per game. She has dished out double digit assists in six games this season.

GSU has to lock down the orchestrator of the Cougar offense if the team plans to pull out a win in the packed, pink house.