The Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team begins its final home stand of the regular season on Saturday against Southern Conference foe, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Eagles (6-21, 5-13 SoCon) last faced the Spartans (6-20, 3-14 SoCon) on Jan. 26 in Greensboro, winning that game 63-56 for one of its only two conference road wins this year.
A key statistic in this upcoming game, and one that has haunted GSU all season long, is turnovers. The Eagles have the worst turnover margin in the SoCon alongside one of the highest turnover rates in the conference as well. UNCG, although ranking near the bottom in many of the team stats, has one of the better turnover margins in the SoCon with a +.23 ratio opposed to GSU’s -4.00.
Junior guard Mimi Dubose leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.1 points per game. She, alongside sophomore guard Anna Claire Knight and senior guard Meredith Frye, will look to exploit UNCG’s bottom-ranked defense. All three players average double-digit points per game. The Spartans have allowed a SoCon worst 68.9 points per game.
During the last matchup between these two teams, Dubose dominated offensively. She scored 21 points on 8-20 shooting. She and junior forward Danielle Spencer, who dropped 14 points, led GSU to victory. The factor in January’s matchup that the Eagles will need to reproduce is the field goal percentage.
GSU shot 40 percent from the field against the Spartans. That mark is well above the team’s average of 33.5 percent for the entire season, a number that puts the Eagles in last place in the SoCon.
Taking care of the basketball and high percentage shots have the potential to be the deciding factors on Saturday in Hanner Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.