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'Bama sinks GSU

    Georgia Southern closed the gap to five with four with less than three minutes to go, but Alabama ended the game on a 9-2 run to take down the Lady Eagles 65-55 Friday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
    The Crimson Tide (4-0) entered the contest averaging 86 points per game, and the Eagles controlled the pace, holding the Tide well under its average.
    "We knocked off 20 or 21 possessions, and that's a good thing," said GSU coach Rusty Cram. "We held them way under their average in the first three games — points in the paint, tonight they got 14. The turnovers were disappointing. We handled that in the second half, but we've just got to come out focused every time we play."
    The Eagles (1-2) trailed 30-17 at the half after falling behind early. The Alabama lead got as wide as 16 before Jamie Navarro hit her only 3-pointer of the game with 29 seconds to go in the first period for the halftime margin.
    The Eagles turned the ball over 19 times in the first 20 minutes.
    "We didn't come out intense. That was the first time I've seen that out of this team," said Cram. "I don't know if it's playing three games in five days or what, but I don't know what it is. We just missed a boatload of shots in the paint. The more we missed, we started dropping our heads a little bit instead of staying intense."
    Alabama's Jasmine Robinson led all scorers with 16 points.
    Krista Tate, who fouled out late in the contest, led GSU with 10 points, and Navarro led the way with eight rebounds.
    "I think our defense is going to keep us in ballgames while our offense continues to get better," said Cram. "We need to get more scoring inside as the young post players continue to step up. They're showing signs of it. It's just going to take time."
    The Eagles face Jacksonville on the road Sunday at 1 p.m.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.


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