Anna Claire Knight has every reason to feel confident right now.
Well, three to be exact.
Knight recorded the first triple-double in program history when the Georgia Southern women beat Samford 64-61 in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. She scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
GSU coach Chris Vozab could tell that Knight was having a big game, even though she didn’t know the significance on the stat sheet at the time.
“The way the game was, it was a game of sharp ebbs and flows,” Vozab said. “We didn’t even know about (the triple-double) until afterwards, but it was clear that she was doing a great job on the boards and then pushing the ball and finding people in transition.”
Confidence is the key for the Eagles (4-11, 2-2 Southern Conference), who snapped a four-game losing streak with the win at Samford. The streak included an 85-64 loss at home against George Mason and a very winnable 69-60 loss against SoCon powerhouse Chattanooga.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game when we came back,” Vozab said about the loss at Chattanooga, “so it was disappointing that we didn’t get the win, but it was important that our team recognized the strides we made in that game.”
The George Mason game served as a bit of a wakeup call, the Chattanooga game showed progress, and the Eagles put it all together at Samford, Vozab said.
“We really pushed hard in practice that week, and we got better in each of the last two games,” Vozab said, “We found a gear late in the second half of both games. We got ourselves down in each half against a very good shooting team (at Samford), but every time they made a run, we answered with a run.”
The Eagles play host to UNC Greensboro (5-9, 1-2) today at 4 p.m., in Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Spartans attack with a up-tempo approach that Vozab hopes to see the Eagles match.
“We have to be sharp and attack their pressure,” she said.
The follows a 2 p.m., men’s game against Western Carolina, at which new football coach Willie Fritz will be introduced at halftime.
Bulloch County Board of Education Employees as well as Bulloch Police, Fire and EMS workers can purchase tickets for $1.
A ticket to the men's game at 2 p.m. also earns admission to the women’s game.
Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.