MiMi DuBose and Meredyth Frye both scored in double figures, but it was not enough as the Georgia Southern Lady Eagles fell to the Stetson Hatters, 61-51, Thursday night at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The duo combined for the majority of the team's points and reached the double-digit threshold in the same game for just the second time this season.
Stetson (7-3), however, pulled a page from Furman's playbook and went to the free-throw line 22 times and scored a 17 points. The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, Victoria McGowan, benefited from her trips to the line, scoring a game-high 19 points on six-for-six shooting at the line.
DuBose led GSU (2-7) with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor. All-Southern Conference Preseason Team selection Frye recorded her first double-double of the season, and just the second of her career, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles dug themselves into a hole with early first-half turnovers and were unable to hold onto a 25-23 halftime lead.
Stetson scored 14 points off of the 17 turnovers and shot 41.2 percent from the field to earn its sixth win in its last eight contests.
“We just turned it over the first four or six trips down the line. It fed them, and they got great easy looks at the basket,” GSU head coach Rusty Cram said. “We turned the ball over way too much in the first half. When we quit turning the ball over and started playing more aggressively then we made some runs.”
Powered by seven points from DuBose, GSU embarked on a 14-4 run over the final 7:16 of the first half to take a 25-23 lead into the locker room.
The second half opened with both teams exchanging baskets and neither could take much of an advantage until Stetson erased a Lady Eagle lead with an 13-2 run. During the nearly six-minute period, Sanders went to the four line four times and had eight points.
GSU is off next week for finals and will return to SoCon play Dec. 19 at Davidson.