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GSU Ladies ready for test at Kentucky

GSU Ladies ready for test at Kentucky

GSU Ladies ready for test at Kentucky

    Alexis Sams was thrown to the wolves as a freshman during the 2012-13 season for the Georgia Southern women’s basketball program.
    Though the Eagles lost their season opener on the road at Auburn on Saturday, 69-59, it was apparent how far the sophomore point guard has come.
    “She has been tremendous in the preseason for us and she was really, really solid against Auburn,” second-year GSU coach Chris Vozab said. “She did a good job changing pace with her dribble and she created out of traps. We trust her with the ball.”
    The Eagles (0-1) got what they wanted out of their guards in the opener, and they’ll be relied upon even more today when GSU faces No. 7 Kentucky (2-0) at 11 a.m., in Memorial Coliseum.
    Senior MiMi DuBose led GSU with 15 points in the opener and junior Anna Claire Knight added 14. Sams finished with 11.
    Auburn’s size caused problems for the Eagles on the boards, but GSU held its own with Briana Jones, a sophomore transfer from James Madison, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds, and senior Danielle Spencer adding nine rebounds.
    Auburn out-rebounded the Eagles only 45-43. It was the offensive glass that gave the Tigers the advantage. They finished with 25 second chance points.
    “I’d say in the second half we gave up too many offensive rebounds and that hurt us,” Vozab said. “We handled ourselves pretty well on the boards in the first half, and in the second half they got some extra possessions at crucial times.”
    If Auburn was aggressive, Kentucky will up the ante. The Wildcats will try to run the entire floor.
    “Auburn is a pressing team that kind of uses a three-quarter press. Kentucky will pretty much run man-to-man on the entire floor for the full 40 minutes,” Vozab said. “We talked about how we aren’t going to cheat away from pressure, we attack it. We get to the rim and we create, and I thought all of our guards did a great job of that (against Auburn).”
    Vozab wants to see the Eagles build on the success in the opener.
    “There were definitely a lot of positives,” she said. “Probably the biggest was how we stayed in attack mode the entire 40 minutes.”
    The Eagles will play their home opener Saturday in Hanner Fieldhouse at 5:30 p.m., against Jacksonville State.
    The game will be a part of a triple header for GSU. The volleyball team (23-5, 11-3 SoCon) plays its regular-season finale against Appalachian State in Hanner at 3 p.m., and the men’s basketball team (1-1), which is coming off a heartbreaking 81-80 loss at Miami in overtime, will face Toccoa Falls at 8 p.m.

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

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