Lady Eagles Begin Quest for SoCon Tournament Title Saturday
First and quarterfinal rounds will take place at the Bojangles Arena with semifinal and final rounds contested at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The winner of Saturday morning’s contest will face No. 1 Chattanooga at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.
Georgia Southern (18-11 13-7) concluded the regular season winning 11 of its last 14 games, including a five game win streak to cap the season. GS and College of Charleston split the regular season series this season, with each team winning on the road.
A pair of seniors have paced the Georgia Southern offense all season. Carolyn Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) led the team with 11.4 points per game on average with J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.) following, also in double figures, with 10.3 points per game. Jessica Geiger (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the team in rebounding with 5.3 per game with Ogburn securing 4.9 rpg, respectively.
College of Charleston (19-10, 13-7) earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament via a tiebreak with Georgia Southern. The Cougars were led by junior guard Tonia Gerty with 11.0 points per game. Gerty earned Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the SoCon All-Conference Team by both the leagues 11 coaches and the SoCon Sports Media Association.
Three other Cougars averaged double figure scoring on the season, while Deidra Jones leads the team in rebounding with 7.1.
Georgia Southern will look for its third SoCon Tournament Title this weekend with the first two coming in the inaugural seasons of joining the conference in 1993 and 1994. Holding a 20-15 all-time SoCon Tournament record, the Lady Eagles’ last championship game appearance dates back to the 2004-05 season when GS suffered a double overtime loss to Western Carolina, 97-95.
The following represents Georgia Southern’s tournament breakdown: opening round, 2-1; quarterfinals, 10-7; semifinals-6-3; and finals, 2-4. The Lady Eagles suffered a tough opening round loss last season to Elon.
Georgia Southern and Charleston have met once before in SoCon Tournament action. GS fell to CofC in the 2007-08 season by a score of 65-53.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Friday, 05 March 2010 20:09