Women’s basketball splits Alabama road trip

Jerell Rushin

Following their 53-50 win over rival App State, the Eagles looked to extend their two-game winning streak when they traveled to Alabama to face Troy and South Alabama.

Troy, which defeated GS at Hanner Fieldhouse earlier this month 89-86, got off to another quick start on the Eagles. GS responded well and tied the game at 31 heading into the second half.

The Trojans’ third quarter performance would put the game out of reach for Georgia Southern, outscoring the Eagles 27-14. Troy’s leading Sun Belt scorer and rebounder Caitlyn Ramirez finished the game with 19 points to go along with six rebounds.

The game would end 77-67. Senior Angel McGowan led the Eagles with 23 points and Alexis Foulks recorded a double-double with 11 points and rebounds. The Eagles then traveled to Mobile to take on the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday.

South Alabama also handed an early January defeat, but Kip Drown’s team would not make the same mistake twice. In a game where no starters reached double figures for Georgia Southern, Alexis Foulks picked up the slack to lead the team with 12 crucial points off of the bench.

The bench play along with points off the turnovers would be the deciding factors in the game. Georgia Southern would outscore USA by 13 in both of those categories en route to a 53-45 win.

Splitting their road trip moved Georgia Southern to 8-12 on the season, and 4-5 in conference play. The Eagles return to Hanner Fieldhouse on Thursday to battle the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at 7 p.m. and UL Monroe on Saturday at 2 p.m.