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Lady Eagles cap road trip with win

Stetson guard Tierra Brown looks to penetrate Georgia Southern's defense as a crowd of 1,876 — the second-largest crowd in Stetson history — looks on as the Lady Eagles won 54-49 Tuesday in DeLand, Fla. (Courtesy Stetson Athletics)

    DeLAND, Fla. — The second-largest crowd in Edmunds Center women's basketball history, 1,876 fans, saw host Stetson let a late one-point lead slip through its grasp Tuesday morning in a 54-49 loss to visiting Georgia Southern. 
    Eagles point guard Jamie Navarro scored a game-high 20 points while senior Stetson center Natasha Graboski grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with eight points.
    Stetson led 27-23 at halftime before a 13-5 GSU burst out of the locker room put the Eagles ahead 36-32 with 16:10 remaining.              Georgia Southern continued to keep the Hatters at bay going up by as many as nine points with 7:46 left.
    The Hatters dug in and went on a 10-0 run over the ensuing four minutes to take their first and only lead of the second half, using a Brown jumper with 3:45 left to take a 49-48 advantage.          Logan Youngblood got the Eagles' lead back with a layup at the 1:25 mark and the Hatters did not score a single point in the final 3:45 as the Eagles went on to win 54-49.
    The turning point of the game came with 58 seconds left in regulation as Stetson sophomore guard Victoria McGowan looked to make a layup and draw a blocking foul on GSU, but was instead called for a charge, nullifying what would have been the go-ahead basket. She fouled on the play.              Navarro made four free throws down the stretch and a pair of Brown game-tying three-point attempts went off the iron in the final seconds.
    The lady Eagles return home for Southern Conference action Saturday at noon when they rematch the Chattanooga Lady Mocs.
    The Mocs defeated GSU, 87-80,  in Chattanooga, Tenn. on  Dec. 4.

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