Catching up with the women’s basketball team

Chris Smith

During the break Georgia Southern went 2-6 with both wins earned at home. Georgia Southern opened up the break with a 64-51 win over Charleston Southern, but then suffered a 5-game skid before defeating conference foe South Alabama 57-43 on Thursday. 

The Eagles were 0-4 on the road, losing to Stetson, Bethune-Cookman, Texas State and UT Arlington. Southern went 2-2 at home defeating Charleston Southern and South Alabama, but losing to Robert Morris and Troy. Junior guard Angel McGowan tied her season high in points scoring 26 in Southern’s win over South Alabama and making five shots from three-point range. She continued her hot shooting after she scored 23 points against Troy including four buckets from long range. McGowan has averaged 15.9 points per game over the last eight games. 

Junior F/C Patrice Butler has added to that, averaging 14 points per game during this span. Senior forward Briana Jones has seen a steady decrease in her minutes over the break. Jones has been shutout in four of the last seven games and she is looking to turn it around against the Eagle’s upcoming conference opponents.

After Georgia Southern received their first conference win of the season against South Alabama head coach Kip Drown was excited because it was his very first Sun Belt victory. “I’m really happy for our club because we needed to get that win to stay in contention. It’s always nice to get those things out the way and move on,” Drown said.

Southern has seen some inconsistent play when it comes to competing and they are trying to find ways to change their fortune. “I told our team after the game at Texas Arlington last week that until we learn to compete and go nose to nose with people, the Xs and Os really don’t matter. I felt like we went nose to nose with them today, and I feel encourage by that,” Drown said.

The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team is slowly sliding down standings in the Sun Belt conference and need to capture a few more wins against their conference opponents in the upcoming games. The Eagles have a 1-3 conference record and are currently 10th in the Sun Belt. Southern is getting deeper into conference play with the remainder of their schedule being against Sun Belt teams.

Next up Georgia Southern has a contest at home against conference opponent UL Lafayette. This is a blue out game, so fans are encouraged to wear their blue attire. The broadcast of this game will be live on ESPN 3 and the students and fans will have a chance to meet the new head football coach Tyson Summers.