Women's Basketball kicks off the Season with Games against Brewton-Parker and FAU
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team is set to open its 2008-09 season with three games in five days. The Lady Eagles kick things off on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Brewton-Parker in Hanner Fieldhouse.
“We are excited to start the season,” said head coach Rusty Cram. “When you count the time from when school started and we began conditioning, individual workouts and lifting weights, it has been a lot longer than just three weeks of practice. The team is ready to face some people other than themselves and see what they are going to look like.”
Georgia Southern will then hit the road for Boca Raton, Fla. where they will square off with Florida Atlantic on Monday before returning to Statesboro to face Auburn on Wednesday.
The Lady Eagles will rely on seniors Ashley Melson (Newnan, Ga.) and Ashley Rivens (Charlotte, N.C.) in the early going. Melson was recently named to the preseason All-SoCon team and is the top returning scorer averaging 9.3 points per game last season.
Brewton-Parker comes to Statesboro with a 3-1 record and is 1-1 on the road this season. The Barons won their first three games before losing to Morris College 84-79 on November 11th.
“It is good to have a home game to start the season,” said coach Cram.
The Brewton-Parker game will allow coach Cram to get his six new freshmen some quality minutes at home before hitting the road to face Florida Atlantic.
“Right now we are keying on at least three freshmen that we feel are going to step in and help us early,” stated coach Cram. “We need to give those three freshmen experience so that by the time we hit the conference games, they can start contributing.”
The Lady Eagles will then travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to face the Florida Atlantic Owls. Florida Atlantic returns four starters from a squad that went 6-22 last year. The Owls also return their leading scorer in Carla Stubbs who averaged 12.6 points per game. They will begin their season on Friday at Baylor.
“It should be a pretty tough game for us,” said coach Cram. “It will be tough to beat them on their court.”
Georgia Southern returns to Hanner Fieldhouse November 19th to face the #20 Auburn Tigers at 7 p.m.
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 00:19