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Lady Eagles lose again

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia Southern's women's basketball team was unable to overcome a scoring drought of more than 10 minutes in the first half and lost, 67-41, to the Samford Bulldogs in a Southern Conference game Saturday.
    While GSU (7-17, 3-12) was not scoring, Samford  (14-9, 9-5) ran off 19 unanswered points to take a 31-11 halftime lead.
    GSU extended its losing streak to five games. The Lady Eagles held with the Bulldogs in the second half but were unable to make a dent in the significant halftime lead.
    “That is the way we have been playing. We have not been consistently scoring all year,” GSU head coach Rusty Cram said. “We don't have that one person who is going to step up and turn a corner for us.”
    GSU was held to its second lowest field goal percentage of the season and shot just 17.4 percent from behind the arc. Samantha Williams led the Lady Eagles with nine points, her most in 10 games, and shot 50 percent from the floor. Anna Claire Knight added seven points and tied for the team-high in rebounds with four.
    Samford shot nearly 50 percent from the floor and had three players in double figures. Shelby Campbell led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Taylor Reece and Hannah Dawson scored 10 points each and helped Samford tally 36 points in the paint. The Bulldogs also scored 20 points off of 14 GSU turnovers.
    Samford opened the game with eight unanswered points before GSU pulled within three on Knight's 3-pointer. With 11:27 remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs embarked on a 19-0 run and led, 31-9, before the Lady Eagles scored again. Less than 11 minutes after her 3-pointer, Knight made GSU's first basket in more than 10 minutes right before the end of the half.
    GSU got things rolling again in the second half and pulled within 16 points on back-to-back baskets by Williams. MiMi DuBose added a 3-pointer less than a minute later to cut the advantage to 15 points.
    Eight unanswered points, including a pair of 3-pointers, extended Samford's lead to 53-32 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulldogs jumped ahead by 28 points on a layup from Kendall Schwantz with less than four minutes to play.
    The Lady Eagles wrap up their two-game road trip at 7 p.m. Monday at Chattanooga.