Lady Eagles Host Key Game versus College of Charleston
STATESBORO, Ga. The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team will look to improve upon its six-game home-winning streak, Saturday afternoon, as it entertains College of Charleston at Hanner Fieldhouse. The Southern Conference clash, the third contest of a four-game homestand, is slated for a 3 p.m. tip-off.
With Charleston and Georgia Southern tied for second in the SoCon standings (5-1), Saturday’s game will decide who maintains sole possession of the second spot, or possibly who claims a share of the league lead with Chattanooga (currently 6-0).
Georgia Southern improved to 9-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play after a recent 59-53 victory over Furman on Monday (Jan. 14), maintaining its flawless home record (6-0). The win was the team’s fourth-consecutive victory on the season, its longest such window since last season’s four-game streak spanning from Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, 2006.
The Lady Eagles will face a College of Charleston squad that is also looking to continue a four-game win-streak. The Cougars recently defeated Wofford 59-44 at home (Jan. 14).
Georgia Southern leads the all-time series, 20-8, since their first meeting in 1978 when CofC claimed a 73-62 win. The last time the Lady Eagles defeated College of Charleston was GSU’s final conference game of the season at Kresse Arena in a 52-50 decision (Feb. 24, 2007). College of Charleston last defeated GSU at Hanner Fieldhouse earlier that season, stopping a four-game GSU win-streak in a 54-53 Cougar victory and claiming its first-ever victory in Statesboro.
Senior guard Tiffany Brown (Waxhaw, N.C.), who recently surpassed the 1,000-point milestone, joins 16 other Lady Eagles to have accomplished such a feat. She will be recognized for her accomplishment just prior to tip-off, Saturday. Brown leads the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game. She is followed by Shawnda Atwood (Pensacola, Fla.) with 11.1 points per game, while averaging a team-high 5.9 rebounds. Among Southern Conference individuals, Atwood ranks ninth in scoring, eighth in rebounds per game, and 10th in field goal percentage (.427). Sophomore guard Carolyn Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) leads the team in assists (3.31), which ranks fifth-best in the league. She ranks first in the conference in assist to turnover ratio with a 2.04 figure, a figure that ranks among the top 25 in the nation.
Pacing the Cougars in scoring and assists per game is Jill Furstenburg, averaging 12.9 points (second-best in the conference) and 3.1 assists per contest. She is also among the league-leaders in assists and ranks first in free-throw percentage (.837). Furstenburg is followed by Brooke Kotcella with 9.1 points per game, while teammate Niki Williams pulls down a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest. Furstenburg was the league’s most recent Southern Conference Player of the Week.
A 1985 graduate of Louisiana Tech, head coach Rusty Cram is in his 12th season at the helm of the Lady Eagles and carries a 176-159 career and school record. Cram claims a 14-5 record versus the Cougars.
College of Charleston head coach Nancy Wilson, a 1973 graduate of Coker, comes to Statesboro with 476-293 career and 245-144 school records. She is in her 13th year with the Cougars and 26th season overall.
The game will be called by Georgia Southern Radio Network’s Ryan Chambers on 94.9 FM, WHKN in Statesboro. Fans can listen to or watch the webcast on the World Wide Web at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Friday, 18 January 2008 00:04