SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Alexis Brown became the 24th Georgia Southern women's basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points and the Eagles held off Wofford for its second win in a row with Sunday's 70-57 victory at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg.
The Eagles (2-4) have now won two straight and improve to 2-1 on their current eight-game road swing. Wofford (3-5) sees its three-game win streak come to a close in the matchup of former SoCon rivals.
Defense was the name of the game early as GS held Wofford to 0-for-12 from the floor to start the game and led 12-5 after the first quarter. The Eagles held the Terriers to a scoreless stretch of more than seven minutes between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter.
Alexis Brown scored 10 points in the second quarter, with her second of two free throws at the 1:57 mark representing her 1,000th career point. She is the first Eagle to surpass that plateau since Patrice Butler did so in the 2016-17 season. Her 19 points led the Eagles, while Jaiden Hamilton added 13 points and Amira Atwater chipped in 10. De'ja Green led Wofford with a game-high 24 points.
Eagle of the Game
Brown finished the contest with her first double-double of the season, notching 19 points to go with 10 rebounds. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and drilled a pair of three-pointers.
With the Eagles leading by five, 59-53, with 2:23 left in the contest, Georgia Southern forced a turnover on the press after two made free throws from Amira Atwater. Jaiden Hamilton scored a bucket, then the Eagles again forced a turnover. Hamilton this time went to the line for two free throws and made both, pushing the GS lead to double digits. Wofford never got within eight the rest of the way.
Stat of the Game
Georgia Southern made its first 21 free throws of the day and finished the contest 26-of-27 from the line, a new single-game school record percentage of 96.3% with a minimum of 15 free throws made. The old record of 95.7% was set vs. Appalachian State on Feb. 27, 2010, as GS went 22-of-23 from the line.
Head coach Anita Howard on the 1,000 points for Alexis Brown
"I know I haven't been here for all 1,000, but the little bit that I have, it's a huge feat for any student-athlete to reach that mark. For her to do it, it's great. It speaks volumes, I think she's one of the people who puts in the hard work. She works for it, and when you work for it, you get it."
On the defensive effort tonight against Wofford
"I think I jinxed us, in the locker room I said that defense has to travel whether we can't make a shot. We missed several wide-open layups. But we had to rely on our defense. Wofford is a good team, they have great sets and they know how to get it to the people they want to get it to. But tonight shows a different kind of fight that I want to see in our ladies."
https://gseagles.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3729on getting her 1,000th career point
"It means a lot. It shows that hard work pays off. I'm happy. I wasn't worried about the 1,000 points, I wanted to get the win. It wouldn't have meant anything to me if we hadn't gotten the win."
On getting two wins in a row
"It just adds fuel to the fire, we want to get more wins. We don't want to stop here, we're not satisfied."
The Eagles make the jaunt up I-16 to take on in-state rival Mercer on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. in Macon, Ga.