There’s No Place Like Home

Keith Smiley

The women’s basketball team opened their four game road swing with a 61-50 win last Tuesday against rival Georgia State. With only two games left before returning home, the eagles will look to finish strong against Little Rock and Arkansas State.

The Eagles will be traveling Thursday to take on Little Rock, who is ranked fifth in the Sunbelt with a 4-4 conference record. The last time eagles traveled to Little Rock, they lost 63-40. It won’t be easy for eagles first year Coach Kip Drown, as he will be trying to out coach Joe Foley of Little Rock. Head Coach Joe Foley is the 2010, 2011 and 2015 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. The game should be a competitive on the defensive side of the ball also, with both teams not allowing over 62 points per game.

The key matchup to watch surprisingly won’t be against the leading scorers of both teams, but against eagles guard Alexis Sams and Little Rock guard Alexius Dawn. Alexis Sams stands five foot five and Alexius Dawn stands five foot four. Alexis Sams is averaging a respectable 6.1 points per game and 2.5 assist per game and Alexius Dawn is averaging 10.9 points per game and 2.5 assist per game. Both guards may be small, but both of them will be looking to pack a big punch on Thursday each other.

With eagles continuing their road trip, GSU will be looking to face their toughest Sun Belt opponent yet on Saturday. Eagles women’s basketball will have the task of beating the now 8-0 Arkansas State Red Wolves and giving them their first loss in the conference. Arkansas State is the number two scoring team in the division averaging 77.1 points a game. GSU has the number three scoring defense in Sunbelt play, allowing only 58.7 points per game.

Arkansas State is a scoring juggernaut, with three players averaging double figures for the season. It will be a test for the eagles stopping guard Aundrea Gamble, forward Khadi Brown-Haywood, and forward Amanda Lawson. Gamble is averaging 17.8 points per game, forward Khadi Brown-Haywood 16.6 points per game, and forward Amanda Lawson is averaging 10.2 points per game.

Eagles leading scorer Angel McGowan and leading rebounder Patrice Butler will be looking to match Arkansas State best weapons all the way to the last buzzer sounds.

The eagles will return home from their four game road swing February 4th at Hanner Field to face UT Arlington for the second time of the season.