Eagles fight for spot in Sun Belt Tournament

Keith Smiley

The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team is lacing up their shoes tonight for the final run for the eighth spot in the Sunbelt tournament.

With only six games left of the season, there is no room for error as head coach Kip Drown prepares his players for what’s ahead.

“The team has been on the road for three of the last four weeks which is a tough stretch, but we have two of the best teams in the conference in Arkansas State and Little Rock coming in. I think Little Rock is playing as well as anybody right now. We have our work cut out for us, we have to have a good week of preparation and we are going to have to be ready to match both teams’ athleticism and toughness. I would rather be in Hanner than anywhere else, but it will still be a very tough weekend,” Drown said in an interview following their recent lost against South Alabama.

The Eagles are only one game back from eighth and currently sits at 10th place in the standings. Appalachian State and Georgia State are holding down the 8th and 9th spots in the conference. GSU will be hosting both rival teams in the following weeks.

However, GSU will have bigger fish to fry as they take on the top two teams in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State comes to town tonight followed by Little Rock this Saturday.

This is all déjà vu all over again for Drown and the Eagles as their last four game stretch was away games and against all four upcoming teams. In that road trip, the Eagles went 2-2, falling to Arkansas State and Little Rock. This time around, the Eagles will have home court advantage in all four games and will look to sweep the season series against App State and Georgia State.

GSU, GA State, and App State will all face off one more time against each other and all three teams will have to face Arkansas State and Little Rock again in the home stretch.

This race for the eighth spot will probably come down to the wire for all three teams as the season unfolds. Tip off for the game tonight is at 5 p.m.