Lady Eagles Complete Regular Season Sweep Over Elon, 71-66
Elon tied the score once, but never gained control as the Phoenix fell to 7-12 overall on the season and 3-9 in league play. GS, meanwhile, improved to 10-9, 5-5 with its 44 percent shooting effort from the floor.
Ali Ford led all scorers with a game-high 23 points, 19 coming in the second half. But Elon’s offense suffered beyond Ford as the next leading scorer was Kelsey Evans with nine points. Georgia Southern posted three players in double-figure scoring, led by Tate’s (Atlanta, Ga.) 15 points and Carolyn Whitney’s (Duluth, Ga.) 14. Navarro (Naples, Fla.) finished out the game with 11 points and three assists.
A 69 percent effort from the free throw line (18-26), led by Tate’s 9-of-12 effort, helped lead the Lady Eagles to victory while keeping the Phoenix to a 9-of-15 effort (60 percent). Georgia Southern shot 44 percent from the floor (23-52) with Elon posting a 40 percent clip (27-67). J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.) hit a career-high two three-pointers to tie with Samantha Williams’ (Kingsport, Tenn.) game-high two treys. GS closed out the game with seven ‘3s’ to Elon’s three.
The lone tie of the game came at the 16:44 marker in the first half with both teams pitted at 2-apiece, but Ogburn nailed consecutive treys from the field within one minute for an 8-4 GS lead. The Lady Eagles built its first double-digit lead, 16-6, off William’s first trey of the game at 12:27. A 5-0 run capped by a Whitney jumper pushed the visiting advantage out to 11 points, 21-10. But following a jumper from Williams, 32-18, three minutes of scoreless basketball ensued before Tate hit her lone field goal of the half with 1:47 on the clock. Ogburn closed out the opening frame with a bucket in the paint as GS walked away with a 37-18 halftime lead.
Elon outscored Georgia Southern in the paint, 16-10, in the first stanza, but GS capitalized on second chance points, 12-6, over the Phoenix. Whitney scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting within the frame as Ogburn followed with eight points off two treys and a lay-up. Elon was held to 25 percent from the floor with its highest scorer being Courtney Medley with six points. GS took the advantage on glass, 27-20, led by Jessica Geiger’s (Stone Mountain, Ga.) six rebounds.
Georgia Southern built its largest lead of the game right out of the break, 42-20, with a bucket from Navarro and a three-pointer from the hands of Geiger. Following Williams’ second trey, GS held a 21-point lead, 49-28, but the Phoenix would begin to slowly cut their deficit thereafter. Over the next seven minutes, Elon went on an 18-7 run, slicing the score to 10 points, 56-46 with 7:30 left to play. The Lady Eagles quickly responded expanding their lead back to 16 points, but Elon took control of the floor again, posting a 16-1 run over four minutes drawing the score to one point, 67-66, with 43 seconds left to play.
With 15 seconds on the clock, Tate hit her third field goal of the game for a 69-66 lead as Navarro drew a foul from Urysla Cotton with six seconds left. Navarro connected on both attempts from the charity stripe sealing the final score, 71-66.
Georgia Southern travels slightly down I-40 from a Monday match-up against UNC Greensboro, January 25. Tip in Fleming Gym is slated for 7:00 p.m. Ryan Chambers of the Georgia Southern Radio Network will call the game locally on WPMX 102.9 FM and globally at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Saturday, 23 January 2010 18:10