Eagles two-game home win streak is halted by the Cajuns

Kaitlin Sells

Georgia Southern was looking to extend their home game winning streak of two games to three- but were unsuccessful due to the Ragin’ Cajuns offense and their own offensive deficit.

{{tncms-inline account=”George-Anne Sports” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s a pink out in Hanner today for both teams. <a href="https://twitter.com/GSAthletics_WBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GSAthletics_WBB</a> going with the pink shorts. 10 minutes til tip-off. <a href="https://t.co/1iguycawPv">pic.twitter.com/1iguycawPv</a></p>— George-Anne Sports (@GeorgeAnneSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeAnneSport/status/962397319651119109?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 10, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/GeorgeAnneSport/status/962397319651119109″ type=”twitter”}}

The first half was a rough one for the Eagles- as they had trouble finding the basket and the score stayed low for a good part of the first quarter. The Eagles went on a five minute scoring drought as LA put up the points on them, and they ended the first quarter down 11-4 and only shooting 11 percent from the floor.

As the second quarter progressed the game began to slowly pick up- more so from the Cajuns than the Eagles, as they raised their FGP by over 10 percent and began firing off three pointers. Ragin’ Cajun freshman guard Jomyra Mathis sinking three three-pointers alone in the second quarter.

Although the Eagles did get their stats up for the second quarter, it really didn’t show as they still struggled offensively. Defensively they were doing exactly what they needed to do, rebounding, putting up good pressure, but offensively they just could not find the basket and score some points. The half ended with LA leading GS 28-17.

Second half

The second half started much like the first- slow. Only five points were scored total from both teams combined in the first five minutes, GS leading the run 3-2. Eagles momentum soon picked up with two back to back three-pointers from sophomore guards Amira Atwater and Nakol Franks, but that momentum was killed off by a timeout shortly following Franks three-pointer.

It became of game of scoring back and forth, the Cajuns only having a lead no greater than 11 points the rest of the game. The Eagles turned to physicality as sophomore forward Hailey Dias-Allen fouled out in the fourth quarter and sophomore guard Alexis Brown picked up four by the end of the game. In the end it didn’t prove to be enough as the Eagles lost by 10 points, 58-48.

Despite fouling out, Dias-Allen led the Eagles with 10 points, followed by Franks, junior guard Rhein Beamon and senior guard Alexis Foulks all with eight points total. The Eagle’s weakest point and deficit was the simple fact they could never find the net, only shooting 25 percent from the floor.

What’s Next

The Eagles will be facing rival, Georgia State on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.