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GS Women's Hoops wins final tune-up
GS Women's Basketball
Georgia Southern senior guard Tatum Barber fires a three-pointer in a game from earlier this season. The Eagles open the Sun Belt tournament Friday at 12:30 against Texas State in Pensacola FL.
Georgia Southern women's basketball exploded for 62 second-half points, shooting 52 percent from the field after halftime, in soaring past the College of Coastal Georgia, 106-69 in an exhibition contest on Tuesday evening at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Eagles knocked off the Mariners in a matchup of coach vs. student as College of Coastal Georgia head coach Roger Hodge faced off against his former player, head coach Anita Howard of Georgia Southern. Hodge coached Howard during the 2002-03 season at Armstrong Atlantic State, as both helped the Pirates win the Peach Belt Conference Championship and advance to the school's first NCAA tournament. 

Eagles of the Game
Junior guard Tatum Barber delivered at double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Nakol Franks made 5-of-9 three-pointers en route to her team-high 15 points.

Key moment
Georgia Southern led by just four at halftime, 44-40, but the Eagles started the second half on a 15-4 run over the first five minutes and cruised to the exhibition victory.

Stat of the Game
The 106 points scored by the Eagles were the most put up by GS since a 106-43 win over Thomas on Nov. 13, 2016.

Head coach Anita Howard on the second-half surge from the Eagles tonight
"It's about finishing strong, that's what we talk about. I don't think we started out like we wanted to. Hats off to Coastal and my old coach, they came out and gave us a game. They wouldn't go away, at the end we kinda wore them down a little bit, and we was able to show the transition offense that I would like to see from start to finish. All in all, as long as we continue to get better, I'm good."

On looking ahead to Sunday's regular season opener against Furman
"Furman is well coached. Coach Jackie over there does a really good job, they're coming off of an NCAA appearance. They return a lot of good players. We know that we can't turn the ball over, we can't miss free throws, we can't foul them and do a lot of things that we struggled with in the first quarter. They have a big inside presence, our posts are going to have to step up. If we can do what we do well, which right now is playing good defense without fouling and putting points on the board, I think we've got a good shot."

Next up

The Eagles will open the 2019-20 regular season on Sunday, November 10, visiting Furman for a 6 p.m. tip in Greenville, S.C.