Georgia Southern Falls to New Orleans in Omni Hotels Classic
UNO held the Lady Eagles scoreless through the first ten minutes of play while posting nine unanswered off four jumpers from an assortment of players and one free throw. A personal foul by Juanita Cochran sent Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) to the foul line at the 9:14 marker. Whitney drained both attempts, putting Georgia Southern on the board, 11-2. Whitney’s trip to the line sparked the Lady Eagles as Krista Tate (Atlanta, Ga.) scored the first field goal for Georgia Southern seconds before Whitney drained her first three of the game, pushing the score to 11-7.
Buckets from Logan Youngblood (Sylvester, Ga.) and Candice Ivy (Roswell, Ga.) intermixed with field goals from Candice McGee and Mirjam Sipos set the score at 15-11 with 5:34 remaining in the opening frame. The Privateers extended their lead to 20-11 with a three-point basket from Amanda McCarthy. An 11-point Privateer lead was cut to seven, 22-15, with consecutive baskets from Jessica Geiger (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.). UNO closed out the first half with a pair of free throws from Brittany Helm for a 24-15 halftime lead.
Georgia Southern shot 22.2 percent from the floor, connecting on only six shots, to New Orleans’ 34.6 percent shooting with nine buckets. Both teams committed 10 turnovers, but UNO went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for 83.3 percent efficiency; Whitney’s recorded two free throws for Georgia Southern were the only two for the Lady Eagles. While both teams pulled down seven offensive boards, UNO pulled down an extra six defensive rebounds to win the edge on glass, 23-17, for the first half. Talisha Bridges recorded five of the 23 Privateer rebounds. Whitney paced the Lady Eagles in the first frame with five points. Frye (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Tate tied with four rebounds for the team lead.
Bridges opened the second half with a lay-up at the 18:05 mark. Again Whitney put Georgia Southern on the board to open the second half connecting on her second trey of the game. Whitney’s bucket at 15:32 made the score 26-18. Ro-Ro Smith (Blackshear, Ga.) cut the margin to six points, 26-20, hitting two from the free throw line. UNO opened a 13-point lead off a three-pointer from McCarthy with just over ten minutes left to play. A pair of three-pointers from the hands of Whitney and Frye cut the score to 37-28 with 7:18 remaining. Taking three trips to the charity stripe within one minute, Nicole Homes went 5-of-6 from the line, giving UNO a 44-30 lead.
Scoring Georgia Southern’s first field goal since the 7:18 marker, Frye hit her second trey of the game with 1:55 left to play. Forty-five seconds later, Frye nailed her third three-pointer of the game, setting the score at 48-37. Holmes made two free throws before Whitney drained two for the Lady Eagles, finalizing the score at 50-39.
Whitney and Frye both ended the game in double digits contributing 13 and 10, respectively to lead the Lady Eagles. Frye fell just short of a double-double picking up nine rebounds, a game-high. Georgia Southern was held to 20.0 percent from the floor, while UNO was 34.0 percent. The Privateers, posting no one in double digits, were led by Helm and McCarthy who each had eight points. McGee pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Georgia Southern will look to snap this four-game skid when it opens Southern Conference play traveling to Appalachian State, December 2. Tip-off in Boone, N.C. is slated for 7 p.m.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:04