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Things starting to gel for GSU women

Things starting to gel for GSU women

Things starting to gel for GSU women

    The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team returned from the mountains with focus.
    The Eagles got convincing wins over Western Carolina and Appalachian State last weekend, and moved over .500 in Southern Conference play after back to back losses at home.
    “What I want our kids to be focused on is whether or not we’re getting better each game,” GSU coach Chris Vozab said. “If we keep getting better each game we’re going to be in a position to win. We had that mentality last weekend. We stayed in the moment and we didn’t come out of the process.”
    The Eagles (7-13, 5-4 SoCon) return home to face Samford (5-15, 3-6) today at 5 p.m., in Hanner Fieldhouse.
    Samford was picked to finish second in the SoCon during the preseason, but that was before all-conference center Taylor Reece tore her anterior cruciate ligament, a knee injury forcing her out for the season.
    The Bulldogs are led by four players offensively — Christy Robinson, Shelby Campbell, Hannah Nichols and Ellen Riggins — who each average 8 points per game.
    “They’re an incredibly tough team and it doesn’t matter who’s in the game,” Vozab said. “They’re going to run their stuff every possession and run it right. You’ve got to be alert defensively. They take advantage of defensive mistakes.”
    The Eagles trail the all-time series with Samford 3-8, but split with the Bulldogs in 2013 and won earlier this season, 64-61, on Jan. 6.
    The Eagles’ upswing on the road saw MiMi DuBose, GSU’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (171), named SoCon student-athlete of the week. She shot above 50 percent from the floor and from 3-point range, and is second on the team in scoring with 11 points per game. DuBose led the team in Monday’s win over Appalachian State with 15 points, and four other players — Angel McGowan, Danielle Spencer, Anna Claire Knight and Sierra Kirkland — also reached double digits.
    “I thought our kids had a good mentality on the road,” Vozab said. “They were focused on whatever happened on any particular play. It was fun to see their confidence grow and seeing the belief on their faces.”
    Vozab said the recent success was sparked by a 79-66 loss to Davidson on Jan. 18, a game the Eagles lost despite better 3-point shooting and rebounding.
    “I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve been able to improve over the last three games,” Vozab said.

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

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