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Eagles face SoCon powerhouse UTC

SoCon Women's Basketball Standings
Team                SoCon  All
Chattanooga            2-0    10-3
Davidson                 2-0    5-8
Western Carolina    1-0    7-5
Furman                   1-1    7-6
Elon                       1-1    5-8
Georgia Southern 1-1    3-10
Samford                  1-1    3-10
Appalachian State    0-1    3-8
UNC Greensboro     0-2    4-9
Wofford                  0-2    2-10

Today's Games   
    Appalachian State at Furman, 1 p.m.
    Elon at UNC Greensboro, 2 p.m.
    Western Carolina at Wofford, 2 p.m.
    Davodson at Samford, 3 p.m.
    Georgia Southern at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.

    MiMi DuBose is on the edge of rewriting the record books at Georgia Southern.
    She’s five games away from her 100th appearance as an Eagle, 12 points away from 1,000, nine 3-pointers from becoming GSU’s second all-time leader in that category and 12 away from being the all-time leader.
    With Chattanooga (10-3, 2-0 Southern Conference) up next on the schedule, she can’t worry about any of that.
    “I don’t,” DuBose said. “I’m excited for when and if the time comes (to break the 3-point record). It’s a big milestone and a big achievement. But right now all I’m concerned about is winning games.”
    The Eagles (3-10, 1-1) face the Mocs on the road today at 7 p.m., and picking up just their second road win of the season will require every bit of focus DuBose has.
    “There’s nothing MiMi cares more about than winning,” GSU coach Chris Vozab said. “The last couple of games, she hasn’t been as stressed out as much about whether the shots are falling, and when she relaxes, she scores it a lot better.”
    The good news for DuBose is that she’s not alone out there. Anna Claire Knight leads the Eagles in scoring (15.2 points per game), and Lacie Dowling is emerging as a scoring threat from the point guard position.
    The bench has also stepped up, with the Eagles getting significant minutes from Sierra Kirkland, Kelsey Corcoran and Jessica Marcus in the frontcourt and guards Jordi Cook, Danielle Roberts and especially backup point guard Angel McGowan, who has struggled with injuries and contributed at all three guard spots for the Eagles.
    “We knew that she could play the three, the two, even the one,” Vozab said about McGowan. “Early in the season she missed a lot with an injury, and she’s battled back. We’ve started working her in at the one since the injury, and for any freshman it’s hard to learn multiple positions, especially when one of them is point guard.”
    Forwards Briana Jones and Danielle Spencer continue leading the team on the glass, combining to average 18 rebounds per game.
    In other words, GSU has plenty of depth as it heads into the meat of the SoCon schedule, and it’ll need contributions everywhere to stay with Chattanooga, which already has wins over Alabama, Auburn, UAB and Colorado State. The Mocs have the only overall winning record in the SoCon.
    “It’s a great program,” Vozab said. “They have great size, they pose problems in the paint and they have a lot of depth and athleticism at the guards. You’ve got to pick what you focus on and how you attack them.”

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