Eagles Fall To Arkansas State in Second Round of Sun Belt Conference


Briyanna Thompson, Managing sports editor

 Senior, Taya Gibson had a career high of 26 points and 14 rebounds in the Eagles last game of the season ending 81-76 against No.11 seed Arkansas State. 

Game Summary: The Eagles ended their season 20-8 after Wednesday nights lost to Arkansas.  

  • Gibson led a trio of Eagles in double figures with her career-high 26 points. Terren Ward added 17 points and Simone James chipped in 14. Izzy Higginbottom led the Red Wolves with a game-high 28 points.
  • Gibson hit 9-of-19 shots from the floor, including a three, and went 7-for-12 from the line for her career-high 26 points. Her 14 rebounds included eight on the offensive glass, and she added two assists and a steal.

Quote from coach: Here’s what Coach Howard had to say after the game: 

  • “First of all, a shout out to Des [Head Coach Desiree Rogers] and Arkansas State. They have done a phenomenal job and are really clicking on all cylinders. Their record is not an indication of who they are and we saw that today. I’m not happy. Nobody’s happy with losing. But we committed 23 turnovers and shot 45 percent from the free throw line. You can’t do that on any night, much less in the tournament, and expect to win. Arkansas State was game ready, with 27 points in the first quarter. We finally woke up in the second half. Our team left it all out on the floor tonight. But to go into overtime and lose by single digits – we should have gotten blown out, with how we played. And that’s just an indication of how good we can be.”

Coming up next season:

  • Georgia Southern returns four starters and 10 players overall from this season’s 20-8 squad for the upcoming 2023-24 campaign.