Lady Eagles Return to the Road at Samford Monday
Georgia Southern stands at 9-12 overall and 6-6 in the Southern Conference after a 57-41 win over Wofford on January 24th. The Lady Eagles forced 31 Wofford turnovers and held the Terriers to their lowest scoring output of the season. Georgia Southern held Wofford to under 50 points for just the fifth time this season and did not allow a player to score in double figures.
Georgia Southern had four players score in double figures and forced the season-best 31 turnovers to revenge a 78-66 loss to the Terriers earlier this season. Lacie Dowling (Nahunta, Ga.) not only scored the first points of her career but had 10 points in 14 minutes of action.
Georgia Southern and Samford have meet only five times despite being located in neighboring states. The first meeting between the two schools did not occur until the Bulldogs joined the Southern Conference in 2008. Samford won the first four meetings, but the Lady Eagles picked up a 67-66 win in their last month.Three players scored in double figures for Georgia Southern, led by MiMi DuBose's (Jefferson, Ga.) 17 points. The Lady Eagles snapped Samford's seven-game win streak and held the Bulldogs' leading scorer Emily London to two points. Savannah Hill drained 10 field goals and tallied 24 points in the loss. Meredyth Frye (Fredericksburg, Va.) recorded her only career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Samford currently stands third in the Southern Conference with a 7-4 record. The Bulldogs were picked as the preseason favorite in the SoCon before the season and are 14-6 overall this season. Samford has been nearly untouchable at home winning 9 of 10 games at the Pete Hanna Center. Their only loss came on January 8th against Elon in a low-scoring 47-42 decision. Samford plays stellar defense leading the league in scoring defense, allowing 56.1 points per game. They rank 42nd in the nation in that category and are scoring nearly eight points per game more than their opponent.
Georgia Southern is set to face one of the best players in the Southern Conference in preseason MVP Emily London. The Lady Eagles held the Bulldogs' star guard to two points on 1-8 shooting when the two teams met earlier this season. London has made over 100 field goals this season and is shooting over 50 percent from the floor. Nearly have of her made field goals come from behind the arc. London is shooting even better from the free throw line and is making opposing teams pay for fouling her. She has missed only two free throws all season (53-55) this year. London leads the nation in free-throw percentage (96.4), is fifth in three-point percentage (46.6) and is 41st in field goal percentage (52.1).
Georgia Southern returns home from Birmingham, Ala., for a pair of home games on Febuary 5th and 7th. The Lady Eagles will play host to UNC Greensboro on Saturday at 5 p.m. for the sixth annual Pack the House in Pink game. "Pack the House in Pink" is a tribute to all individuals who have lost the battle with breast cancer, those who are currently battling breast cancer, and those who have conquered breast cancer. Activities surrounding the event will focus on raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer and life-saving research. GSU will finish the two-game homestand Monday against Elon at 7 p.m.
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- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Saturday, 29 January 2011 16:15