Women’s Basketball extends winning streak to season-high three

Jerell Rushin

With wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia Southern is now riding a season-high winning streak of three games. Seniors Angel McGowan and Patrice Butler had standout performances in both games.

Louisiana-Lafayette entered Hanner Fieldhouse on Thursday night, looking to further separate themselves away from the Eagles in the Sun Belt standings. The two would end the weekend sharing fourth-place.

The first half was tightly contested until Georgia Southern found their touch from three-point range. The Eagles hit four three-pointers on consecutive trips during the second period. Patrice Butler capped off the half with another three as time expired after the shot fell.

Bringing a 38-28 lead into the third quarter, the Eagles came out lethargic and allowed the Rajin’ Cajuns to cut their deficit to two entering the fourth quarter. It was déjà vu as the teams played a back-and-forth affair in the fourth until once again, Georgia Southern got hot from three-point land. McGowan started the run with a three of her own, followed by two in a row by point guard Alexis Sams.

Sams’s fourth quarter outing helped the Eagles hold on to win 63-60. Patrice Butler recorded a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Sams finished with a season-high of 14 points.

On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles donned their all pink uniforms as they took on the ULM Warhawks at Hanner Fieldhouse. The Eagles did not shoot well in the first half, going 32 percent from the field, but they had plenty of opportunities from the free throw line. Going 10 of 12 from the line and scoring seven points off of ULM turnovers allowed the Eagles to go into halftime tied at 33. One of the few bright spots of the half was freshman Alexis Brown scoring 10 points off of the bench.

Georgia Southern did not look concerned in the third quarter following their sub-par first half. They begin the quarter sharp on their defensive rotations, and Coach Kip Drown noticed it.

“I thought we had some real good energy,” said Brown. “We’re better when we play fast.” His team’s stellar defense gave them more chances to run fast breaks and get good, easy looks in transition.

The Eagles’ laser-focused defense led them to outscore the Warhawks by 13 in the third quarter. Brown and McGowan had monster quarters, with Brown scoring 10 within the first five minutes, and McGowan contributing eight points and five boards. GS’s defense never vanished, and they never looked back, expanding their lead to 19 with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With a final score of 76-65, the Eagles completed the sweep of ULM for the season. Brown finished with 22 points, and Patrice Butler ended the day with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. Angel McGowan scored 17 points in both games. These two wins move Georgia Southern to 6-5 in the Sun Belt and 10-12 for the season. The Eagles’ next matchup will be a rematch against App State from Boone, N.C. on Thursday.