UNC Greensboro’s 55-51 win over Georgia Southern on Wednesday kept the Lady Spartans unbeaten in Southern Conference play and kept the Lady Eagles winless on the road, but it didn’t make the league’s picture any clearer.
The Eagles will look to bounce back today at 3 p.m. against Davidson in Hanner Fieldhouse.
“I still think the conference is going to be wide open and you’ve got to be ready to play any given night,” said GSU coach Rusty Cram. “Greensboro’s certainly undefeated, but they’ve barely gotten by in most of those ballgames. In ours we missed a play with 10 seconds to go and just didn’t finish the thing. It just didn’t go our way. Greensboro is in first and undefeated, but they’re no better than anybody else. There’s a long way to go.”
Davidson (5-7, 1-3 SoCon) brings to the court a different style of play than GSU saw on the road against Elon and UNCG, and will look to slow things down as both squads hope to close the gap in the SoCon.
“We’ve seen 80 minutes the last two ballgames of full-court pressure, and Davidson doesn’t do that,” Cram said. “They make it more of a half-court game. They have a good post game and fairly decent shooters outside.”
The post game has been the biggest weakness for the Eagles (5-10, 2-4), who have started five guards and used 6-foot Krista Tate and 5-foot-10 Meredyth Frye in multiple roles. Tate led the Eagles with 11 points against the Spartans, and will once again try to create mismatches against the Wildcats.
“We’ll try to match up size-wise in the post game with them some, but we’ll also try to bring their post out and making the size match up with some of our quicker guards,” Cram said.
A pair of underclassmen lead Davidson offensively. Sophomore Sophia Aleksandravicius, a 6-foot-4 forward, scores 16.5 points per game to lead the way, and also hauls in 8.1 rebounds each time out.
Shooting guard Laura Murray, a freshman averaging 33.2 minutes per game, is the Wildcats’ other double-digit scorer, averaging 10.9.
Most of the scoring is done in the paint, as DC attempts only 12 3-pointers per game.
In contrast, Georgia Southern shoots the 3 19.3 times each time out at a 36.6 percent clip. The Eagles are the 24th-best 3-point shooting team in the nation.
Davidson shoots 39.4 percent from the floor and 31.5 percent behind the arc.
The Wildcats have lost four of their last five and are winless on the road this season.
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