Lady Eagles Fall in Regular Season Finale at Appalachian State
Georgia Southern struck first when J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.) connected on a pair of free throws, but the Eagles were scoreless from the floor through the first four minutes as the Mountaineers jumped out to a 6-2 advantage by the first media timeout at the 15:39 marker. Georgia Southern connected on its first field goal off a jumper from Jessica Geiger (Stone Mountain, Ga.) at the 14:12 ticker and took their first lead when Brittney Nelson (Rochester, Mich.) nailed a three-pointer, pushing the score to a 9-8 Georgia Southern advantage before Sam Ramirez and Brittney Spencer hit back-to-back jumpers as the Mountaineers regained the lead, 13-9, with 11:50 remaining.
Samantha Williams (Kingsport, Tenn.) drained her first 3’ of the afternoon before the Mountaineers opened an 8-0 run to widen their lead to 20-12 with 8:46 remaining in the opening half. Nelson snapped the three minute scoring drought by the Eagles with a field goal from beyond the three point arc, cutting the margin to five points. ASU maintained a six point lead, 24-18, for three minutes as neither team hit a bucket to the fourth official timeout at 3:57. The Lady Eagles erupted following the last official timeout as Candice Ivy (Roswell, Ga.) drained consecutive buckets before Geiger hit a jumper and Williams closed out the half with her second 3’ of the game.
Williams’ three cut the scoring margin to one point as ASU lead 28-27 at the halftime break. The Eagles were held to a 38 shooting percentage in the opening half as four players each contributed six points. ASU went 11-of-26 from the floor (42 percent) as Ramirez drained nine points and Canesha Edwards pulled down six boards.
Geiger quickly tied the game at 30-all draining a three-pointer to start the second half, but ASU regained a five point lead when Spencer hit a three at the buzzer, making the score 37-32. Mixon was called on a technical foul with 15:55 left sending both Ogburn and Williams to the line. The Eagles connected on 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to make it a 39-37 ballgame. Nelson connected on her third trey of the game at the 12:41 marker, cutting the lead to one point, 41-40.
It was a back-and-forth affair as the Mountaineers held their lead until the 7:03 ticker when Jamie Navarro (Naples, Fla.) nailed a three, giving Georgia Southern its first lead of the game, 49-48, since the beginning of the game. Edwards connected on an old fashioned three point play with 5:34 remaining the push ASU in the lead, 51-49.
Edwards and Means hit back-to-back field goals as Krista Tate (Atlanta, Ga.) failed to connect on a pair of free throws, leaving the Mountaineers with a six point lead, 57-51, at the final official timeout. Ashley Rivens (Charlotte, N.C.) connected on a pair of three-pointers in the final minute as the Mountaineers closed out a 68-59 victory on senior day.
ASU went 18-of-21 from the charity stripe (86 percent) to Georgia Southern’s 10-of-15 in the game as the Mountaineers held the Eagles to a 38 shooting percentage. The Mountaineers scored 26 points in the paint to the Eagles’ 12, but Georgia Southern scored 31 points off the bench to ASU’s 11.
Geiger paced the Lady Eagles with 13 points with Williams following closely with 11 points. Ogburn pulled down a team-high nine boards for the Eagles. Spencer scored a game-high 20 points as Edwards led the Mountaineers in rebounding with nine.
Georgia Southern will be back in action when they travel to Chattanooga for the Southern Conference Tournament. Seeding will be determined following the conclusion of regular season action today.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Saturday, 28 February 2009 00:06