Women’s Basketball Season Preview: Eagles looking to capitalize off best record since 2010


Briyanna Thompson, Managing Sports Editor

2021-221 Record: 18-10(8-6)

Key Departures:

Mya Burns, 11.7 PPG

Maya Banks , 4.8 PPG

Rachel Johnson, 4.3 PPG

Tsubasa Nisbet, 2.2 PPG

Key Additions:

Paris Miller, Freshman

Amoni Byrd, Freshman

Le’Andrea Gillis, transfer from Savannah State

Andreana Wrister, transfer from Providence

Diamond Stokes, transfer from Wright State

After finishing out last season 18-10(8-6 Sun Belt Conference) Georgia Southern’s women’s basketball team prepares to go into the 2022-23 season with expectations of winning a championship. 

  • Having lost some of their leading scorers from last season, GS WBB senior and team captain Ja’nya Love-Hill expects to improve on her scoring stats this season. “I feel like my team would need me to step up in the scoring category,” said Love-Hill. 
  • The point guard averaged 8.1 points last season. She also led the team in assists last season having 91 throughout the whole season. 

What’s new:

  • As this season is also Taya Gibson’s last season, the GS WBB forward and team captain plans to improve on free throws, turnovers and efficiency in the scoring category. Gibson averaged 8.0 points last season, her highest scoring game was against Georgia state where she scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. 
  • “I want to come in everyday and be as consistent as possible and give my team good energy and positive vibes til I cannot give anymore,”said Gibson.

The eagles 2021-22 season was the best record in the last decade after being led by head coach, Anita Howard who took over the team in April of 2019.

  • “We’re building off that momentum, Ja’nya and Taya have been part of the program for several years now so they know what it takes to win this conference,” said Howard.
  • The Eagles finished for pick seven in the preseason and finished fifth in the net ranking last year. One of their many goals is to be one of the top tier teams.

“It’s going to sound cocky but we all want to win, want to continue to climb the totem pole for women’s basketball and be one of the top tier teams in the Sun belt on the women’s side,” said Howard.

Howard also spoke on what teams they are looking forward to playing. 

“Ourselves, we’re gonna win if we’re playing well or we’re gonna lose if we’re playing horribly.” said Howard. With Troy and Old Dominion being picked as the top two teams, those are the teams who the Eagles look forward to taking out. 

What’s next: The Sun Belt conference has a total of 10 teams for women’s basketball which includes the few newly added teams being James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss to its 14-member conference.

  • The Eagles first game is November 7  at 6 p.m. hosting Allen University at Hanner Field house. They game will also be shown on ESPN+