Another sub-40 point performance from the Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team in addition to a strong second half push from Kennesaw State University led to a 53-39 loss on Friday night.
The latest loss for the Eagles pushes its record back to 1-8 as well as lengthening the losing streak to a total of six. The Owls of KSU were down by six points going into halftime, having a hard time getting to the basket. The second half however, it was all KSU as the Owls scored 39 points to breeze by the Eagles.
Rebounding continues to be a dominant factor in why GSU does not get enough offensive opportunities. Rebounding creates offense, but if a team has a bad rebounding outing it gives away those opportunities to the opponent. On Friday night, the Eagles were out-rebounded by a ratio of 46 to 29. Seventeen more rebounds for KSU than for GSU. But the ugliest part of that statistic is that of those 46 rebounds, 21 of them were on the offensive side of the ball for KSU. For GSU? Only 11 were offensive. Allowing 21 second chances to any team will always spell an ugly ending.
Sophomore guard Anna Claire Knight finished the contest with a solid 14 points for GSU on 5-13 shooting. But that was the end of the line for solid offensive performances for the Eagles. No one else finished with more than five points.
The Eagles are a team that relies on success from beyond the arc, but against the Owls, GSU only sank two three-pointers. So far this season, and it continued in this game, the team wishes to live and die by the three point shot, but unfortunately it only dies by it.
The squad will get a much needed break in play before it takes on George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on December 29.