There’s good news, and there’s bad news.
The bad news is that MiMi DuBose, a redshirt freshman who suffered injuries to both knees in high school before redshirting last season at Georgia Southern, went down in the Lady Eagles’ 40-39 loss at College of Charleston on Wednesday.
The good news is that it wasn’t the injury everybody thought it was.
“It’s not a torn ACL,” said GSU coach Rusty Cram, whose Eagles face Furman today in Greenville, S.C. at 2 p.m. “They’re rehabbing this weekend, so she won’t play [today], and then they’re going to reevaluate her again Monday morning.”
Without DuBose on the floor against Charleston, the Eagles (8-11, 5-5 Southern Conference) couldn’t buy a bucket. They shot just 24.6 percent from the floor and 16 percent from 3-point range – 13 percent in the first half.
“The wind can blow in more than 13 percent,” said Cram.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by GSU and was only the second SoCon victory of the season for the Lady Cougars.
“Nobody would ever dream we were going to shoot that poorly,” Cram said. “We didn’t have one person hitting, and I never thought I was going to see that happen this year. It didn’t matter if it was in the post game, the wings, it just didn’t matter. We got the looks. We just couldn’t knock anything down.
“The longer we went, the more we tightened up. When you get to the point when the rim looks like it’s the size of a nickel, you start thinking, ‘Well, it just isn’t my night, they’re not going to go in.’ That’s the way we were thinking.”
A lot of it had to do with DuBose, who had everybody convinced it was an ACL until she was evaluated.
“She went down with about 10 minutes to go in the first half,” said Cram, “and the girls, I think, were more concerned about her than anything else, which is not unusual.”
The Eagles won’t be without shooters when they take on Furman (7-10, 3-5) today. Senior point guard Jamie Navarro (12.3 points per game) and sophomore Meredyth Frye (11 ppg) have provided plenty of scoring, with the pair combining for 60 3-pointers on the season.
Junior guard Samantha Williams will start in place of DuBose. Williams scores 6.3 points per game and averages 22 minutes on the floor.
The Lady Paladins enter the game coming off an 80-44 win over Wofford on Wednesday and are 6-0 at home this season. On the flip side, the Eagles are 1-8 on the road this season and 0-5 in SoCon road games.
While GSU is fighting for a road win, Furman will be looking for its first win against the Eagles since Jan.4, 2006.
Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.