Meredyth Frye made a statement that her double-double against Samford before the Christmas break was no fluke.
She came off the break to drop 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor and added seven rebounds as the Georgia Southern Lady Eagles knocked off High Point 66-60 Wednesday at Hanner Fieldhouse.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Eagles (5-8) after they lost seven straight.
“I’m happy we’re winning. That’s the biggest thing right now,” said Frye, who spent time at point and in the post. “It’s our fourth win in a row and it’s a whole different atmosphere around us. Everyone’s excited, everyone’s happy and it’s definitely picked me up. We all struggle when we’re losing and I know I was struggling personally. We got that first win, I’ve started getting more production and it’s just helped a lot.”
Sophomore guard Krista Tate, who also doubles as a guard and post player, finished with a double-
double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Georgia Southern, which never trailed in the contest, saw Jamie Navarro hit a pair of free throws and led 65-60 with 33 seconds remaining. The Eagles then twice missed the front end of a one-and-one at the free-throw line. Each time, Tate was there for the offensive rebound to keep the ball out of the Panthers’ hands.
“I’m so impressed with her game this year just because we’re asking so much,” said GSU coach Rusty Cram about Tate. “You saw her running the point tonight. Jamie gets in foul trouble and Meredyth takes over for a while, then we go to Krista. She rebounds and handles the basketball. What a joy it is to be able to have a team pressing you with their quick, quick guards, and we’re able to use Krista and their post has to pick her up.”
High Point (6-7) was led in scoring by Frances Fields, who scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half. LaTeisha Dean added 11 and Jurica Hargraves finished with 10.
The Eagles led by as many as 14, when Navarro hit her second 3-pointer with 10:34 remaining in the game.
Navarro finished with 10 points, and MiMi DuBose, who was 3 for 5 from behind the 3-point line and was the fourth Eagle in double figures, scored 14.
The Eagles started five guards, but with Navarro on the bench for 17 minutes in the first half after early foul trouble, played four guards with a rotating forward.
Junior Candice Ivy and sophomore Briana Scott got a bulk of the work, but freshmen Aishya Wofford and Danielle Spencer found minutes in the post as
“Danielle Spencer and Aishya Wofford are the future post game of this program,” said Cram. “They’re going to figure huge. Wofford is one of the most athletic post players we’ve had here in several years. She’s just got to learn to control her game. She’s getting better every day.”
The matchup with High Point was the final non-conference game for GSU during the regular season. The Eagles resume Southern Conference play in 2011. They go on the road to Elon Monday for a 7 p.m. tip.
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