Eagles Shock Cougars With 52-41 Win
“I’m a very, very pleased with the girls and the way they played today. We stayed under control the entire game and stay poised,” said head coach Rusty Cram. “For 40 minutes, we stayed focused. Off the bench, the girls stayed focused and we played a very well executed game.”
Georgia Southern used a 19-of-23 free throw effort (83 percent) – while holding CofC to 67 percent (6-9) – to secure the win. Carolyn Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) and Jamie Navarro (Naples, Fla.) led the Lady Eagles each with 11 points, while Deidra Jones scored a game-high 17 points to pace the Cougars including 5-of-5 free throw clip. Jones posted a double-double with 12 rebounds.
Charleston outrebounded GS by nine, led by Jones, but allowed GS to convert 25 miscues for 23 points while the Lady Eagles posted only 11 turnovers. CofC’s second leading scorer on the season, Jade Hughes, was kept to a mere two points in the game despite playing 31 minutes.
Navarro opened the contest hitting a trey off a pass from Whitney and the Lady Eagles took a 5-0 lead by 18:33 in the opening stanza. Brooke Kotcella changed the lead to College of Charleston with a three-pointer at 16:54 and after a couple lead switches, the game was knotted at 9-all on a Whitney jumper from J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.). Kotcella hit the Cougars’ second trey of the game to take a 12-9 lead and Ericka Williams extended the lead to six with another from beyond the three-point arc.
GS cut the lead with a Navarro layup and Janay Wilson (Warner Robins, Ga.) converted a steal – one of 14 GS steals in the game - for a fastbreak layup to tie the score at 15-15 with 8:29 remaining. The teams tossed the lead back-and-forth and Meredyth Frye (Fredericksburg, Va.) tied the score at 23-all for the final time in the half. Frye closed out the half with a pair of free throws for a Georgia Southern 25-23 lead at the break.
The Cougars immediately evened the game right out of intermission, but a Wilson layup at 15:06 gave Georgia Southern a 29-27 lead - GS would continue to hold the advantage the remainder of the game. The Lady Eagles added five more unanswered points before Hughes broke an eight minute CofC scoring drought for a 34-29 score. An Ogburn layup gave GS a nine-point lead, 41-32, at 8:03.
Cougar Gerty would cut the lead to six points, 43-37, with a bucket in the paint at the 5:02 marker. But Ogburn pushed Georgia Southern’s lead back to eight and a 3-of-4 Navarro effort at the charity stripe gave the Lady Eagles their first double-digit lead, 48-37, as the clock ran down to 1:22. Jones added two free throws for Charleston as Tate hit both ends of a one-and-one for a 50-39 tally. Navarro’s final two free throws and a Jones jumper sealed the final score for Georgia Southern 52-41.
Georgia Southern continues this two-game road trip at Furman, Monday, February 15. Tip in Timmons Arena is slated for 7 p.m.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:11