Eagles remain winless in Sun Belt play after 2-game road trip

Kaitlin Sells

The women’s basketball team hit the road this weekend in hopes to seal a win in the conference against Sun Belt opponents Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State. Sadly, both contests resulted in losses for the Eagles.

Coastal Carolina: 54-51

The Eagles took a trip up to Conway, S.C. on Thursday, January 11 to play the Chanticleers in hopes to improve their so-far losing season but fell few points short.

Although they did comeback in the second half to close a 13-point gap CCU had put up on them in the first half, it just wasn’t enough to seal the win.

During the game, the Eagles went the last four minutes in the first half without scoring a point, and opening the second half with three minutes without a point.

Trellanie English-Lurry was the Eagle to end the dry spell, hitting a three-pointer at the seven-minute mark of the third quarter, then continued to score a total of 11 points in the third quarter to close the game to only a seven-point gap.

The fourth quarter consisted of a tight game, the score usually being only 2-3 points apart, back and forth scoring by both teams, but the Chanticleers pulled the win.

Georgia Southern had a 33.9 field goal percentage, a 35 three-point percentage, and a 36.4 free throw percentage.

CCU shot 32.8 percent from the floor, a 17.6 three-point percentage, and a 65 free throw percentage throughout the game.

Despite the loss, GS had their best shooting performance in Sun Belt play, and Alexis Brown and Amira Atwater both had career highs- Brown with six steals and Atwater with six assists and seven rebounds.

Appalachian State: 87-56

The Eagles continued to travel as they made their way down to the boonies on January 13 to play the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and wanted to find a win to halt the 10-game losing streak.

ASU had no mercy, and the Eagles would fall to 3-14 on the season.

The Mountaineers sunk 5-of-7 three-pointers in the first quarter to snatch the lead on the Eagles 20-12 after the end of the first quarter. ASU then continued to go on a 13-0 run in the second quarter to increase their lead on Georgia Southern 38-19 at the end of the half.

The Mountaineers then continued their intensity coming out in the third quarter with a 14-0 run that continued into the fourth quarter which continued to enlarge their lead to 64-32.

The Eagles seemed to have a wakeup call after a timeout, and went on a 6-7 run, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap on the Mountaineers.

GS finished the game hitting 28.4 percent from the floor, 22.9 percent from the three-pointer, and 58.8 percent from the foul line. ASU hit 55.4 percent from the floor, 47.4 percent from the three-pointer, and 69.9 percent from the foul line.

Alexis Brown led the Eagles with 12 points and three steals.

What’s next?

The Eagles will look to break their 11-game loss streak and pick up their first Sun Belt conference win as they travel to Atlanta to face-off against Georgia State next Saturday, January 20.