Lady Eagles fall in their last game of the home-stand

Robert George

The Arkansas State Red Wolves (17-7, 12-2) came into Hanner as the second ranked team in the Sun Belt, winning four of its last six games. The Georgia Southern Eagles were hoping to steal the last game of their home stand, but they couldn’t stop the Red Wolves down the stretch, and lost 73-81.

Georgia Southern kept the game close through most of the first half, and led 23-20 midway through, but some quick buckets gave the Red Wolves a 10-point lead at half. The second half opened with a flurry of scoring from both teams, but the Eagles couldn’t regain the lead.

The Eagles cut the lead to six points in the final minutes, but the Red Wolves nailed their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Patrice Butler and Angel McGowan led the Eagles with 18 points and five rebounds a piece. Anna Claire-Knight added eight points and seven rebounds.

Player of the Year candidate Aundrea Gamble torched the Eagles for 31 points, getting to the basket at will. She hit 11-12 free throws, and added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Khadija Brown-Haywood scored 17 points to go along with eight rebounds.

The Eagles went winless in their five-game home stand. They fall to 4-18 on the season, including a 1-11 Sun Belt record.  They will travel to face UALR this Saturday. Tip off is at 5 p.m.