Payback time at Hanner Fieldhouse

Randall Hampton

Round two of the matchup between the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team and Davidson College Wildcats will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The last time GSU crossed paths with Davidson, 27 turnovers led to a 61-49 loss for the Eagles. That game was in North Carolina where Davidson has lost only once all season.

GSU is coming off of a tough loss to Elon University, but the team has been playing some of its best basketball of the season.  The Eagles let the possibility of their third straight win slip away in the final five minutes.

In the loss to Elon the Eagles committed 21 turnovers, while in the two wins before that game GSU committed 11 and 18 turnovers respectively.

If GSU does not want a repeat of the first meeting the team will have to limit its turnovers.

If the GSU turnovers were not enough to worry about, GSU also has to deal with the Southern Conference Player of the Week in Davidson’s senior forward Sophia Aleksandravicius.

Aleksandravicius leads the SoCon in rebounding and blocked shots averaging 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.  At 6’5 she is literally a big reason Davidson is 9-1 in the SoCon.

In the first meeting Aleksandravicius put up 24 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 8 blocks.  Her numbers were impressive, but they did not tell the complete story of the game.

GSU did not allow another player on the Davidson roster to score over 7 points, which allowed the Eagles to keep Davidson in their sights.

Junior guard Mimi DuBose led the Eagles with 21 points as she knocked down four of her seven three pointers.

Unfortunately for GSU, none of the other Eagles managed to score over 6 points.  It will take a team effort to contain Davidson and the imposing presence known as Aleksandravicius.

GSU could benefit from the improving team chemistry that has helped the team win two of its last three games.  Head coach Chris Vozab deciding to go small and start four guards has led to some success.

Aleksandravicius has wreaked havoc on the opposing team’s game plan all season.  Saturday in Hanner Fieldhouse, Vozab and the Eagles will get to show what adjustments they have made and possibly pull off a huge upset.