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Eagles hope good luck at home continues

For the sixth-straight season, Georgia Southern will host the “Pack the House in Pink” event in support of breast cancer awareness at Hanner Fieldhouse.
    Tickets are good for the men’s game against Samford at 1 p.m. and the 5 p.m. game, where the Lady Eagles will face UNC Greensboro.
    The good news is that the Eagles are almost unstoppable at Hanner.
    They are 8-1 this season on the home floor with the only loss coming back in December to Alabama.
    The bad news for GSU (9-13, 6-7 Southern Conference) is that it dropped a close game to the Lady Spartans on the road already this season and has since lost three starters to injury.
    The recent four-day break in action has seen at least one get back in action.
    “We don’t have Krista Tate or MiMi DuBose back, but we do get Briana Scott back,” said GSU coach Rusty Cram. “She’ll see some limited playing time. [Thursday] was her first full day of practice. It will be limited, but every little bit helps.”
    The injuries have opened the door for a ton of youth to get some much-needed playing time. Guards Jordi Cook and Lacie Dowling and forwards Danielle Spencer and Aishya Wofford have seen a substantial increase in minutes.
    “They have come a long way, a long way,” Cram said about the two young post players. “When we started the year, we knew that was going to be a weakness for us. These last two weeks with some starters out, it’s made all the difference in the world, because their playing time has gone up. It’s just the school of hard knocks.”
    The Eagles suffered a narrow loss Monday at Samford,
    “There were a lot of question marks going into that game,” Cram said, “and I think the kids found out that they can pull together as a team, and they took them to the wire. That game could have gone either way. They shot twice as many free throws as we did, and that was the difference in the outcome.”
    Greensboro (10-11, 7-6) will look for the season sweep today at 5 p.m., while the Eagles will look to even their record in the league and against UNCG.
    “They’re one of the best-coached teams in the league year in and year out, and this year they’re super athletic,” Cram said about the Spartans. “They love to get to the rim, they’ve got some shooters, and they’re pretty solid inside.”

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