In most cases, January is a little early to be throwing around the term "must-win."
Leaning back in his desk chair, situated in his cozy upstairs office in the far corner of Hanner Fieldhouse, Rusty Cram finds it hard to believe he's just two wins shy of becoming Georgia Southern's all-time winningest women's basketball coach.
With their non-conference schedule behind them, the Eagles turn their full attention towards the Southern Conference and Saturday's opponent, Furman.
Georgia Southern entered Tuesday night's game looking to regain its confidence and pick up a little aggressiveness along the way.
The Lady Eagles' desperate search for an inside presence saw a glimmer of hope on Tuesday.
All signs indicated the Lady Eagles snapped out of their recent offensive slump on Saturday, and that's good news for a young team in the thick of its Southern Conference slate.
They led by 13 points late in the first half and 19 midway through the final period, but the Lady Eagles knew they had this one locked up way before that.
It wasn't his team's 14-minute field-goal drought that troubled Jeff Price the most. Nor was it the 4 of 25 second-half shooting or getting out-rebounded by 20.
As far as the Lady Eagles are concerned, their second season begins today when the Furman Paladins visit Hanner Fieldhouse for a 1 p.m. game.
He came to Georgia Southern as a happy-go-lucky freshman who was often overlooked by opponents centering on former Eagle stars Jean Francois, Terry Williams and Elton Nesbitt.
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When Rusty Cram searched for reasons why his team lost Thursday night, he immediately ruled out a lack of effort. That much was obvious after the Georgia Southern women sliced a 17-point, second-half deficit to 3 with 10 seconds remaining.
The Lady Eagles remember it all too well.
CLEMSON, S.C. – It was a tenacious and scrappy effort, one the Eagles hope will ultimately pay dividends once they get into the thick of their conference schedule.
The Lady Eagles had the shot they wanted.