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Wofford gets the best of GSU

Georgia Southern AMR

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Kentra Washington led four Wofford players in double figures with 14 points, and the Terriers shot 57 percent in the second half to cruise to a 73-49 Southern Conference women’s basketball victory over Georgia Southern Friday night in Johnson Arena.
    Angel McGowan led the Eagles (9-19, 7-10) with 13 points, and Anna Claire Knight scored nine. Danielle Spencer collected six points and eight rebounds.
    Washington was 5-for-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range for the Terriers (6-21, 4-13). Logan Morris netted 13 points, and Ashton Fleming tallied 12 points and six rebounds. Chanel Stokes recorded 10 points and five rebounds.
    With the Eagles trailing by five at halftime, Briana Jones scored the first bucket of the second half for Georgia Southern, but Stokes banked in a 3-pointer from the wing for Wofford, igniting a 27-4 run over the first 10 minutes of the frame. Stokes hit another 3-pointer during the stretch, and Washington made two from long distance as Wofford opened a 59-33 cushion with 9:31 to play.
    “I thought we let their shooters get too comfortable by not closing out with a high hand and when they started making them, they gained confidence at both ends of the court,” said Georgia Southern coach Chris Vozab. “I thought offensively, we got some good looks early, and when we didn’t make them, we allowed it to affect us on the defensive end.”
    Jones halted the run with a jumper and Danielle Roberts hit a 3-pointer, but the Eagles never got the margin under 20 points the rest of the way. The Terriers made 5-of-9 from long distance in the half and hit 15-of-27 from the field.
    The game was back and forth in the first half with seven ties and six lead changes. With the Terriers leading by one point late in the period, Washington hit a jumper, and after the Eagles missed on their trip down the floor, Michelle Merritt got a putback with a just over a second on the clock to give Wofford a 32-27 lead at the break.
    Georgia Southern was held to 36 percent shooting for the game and 31 percent in the second half. The Eagles also committed 19 turnovers.
    “When we commit to executing the details for 40 minutes, we put ourselves in a position to be successful,” said Vozab.  “We saw tonight what happens when we don’t make that commitment.”

The Eagles cap the regular season at Furman Sunday at 2 p.m. in Timmons Arena.