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Lady Eagles battle for second with WCU
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    For the second straight Saturday, sole possession of second place in the Southern Conference standings will be on the line for the Georgia Southern women.
    This time the Lady Eagles are up against a talented and rolling Western Carolina (14-5, 6-1) team riding a six-game winning streak. Georgia Southern (10-8, 6-1) is also hot, having won a season-high five straight and all seven games it’s played at Hanner Fieldhouse. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
    “We really have to be focused, and if we win this, it’s going to be really big,” GSU junior  guard Ashley Melson said. “We size up really good with them and love playing them. It’s always a close game, and we want to beat them really bad.”
    Western’s 6-1 SoCon record is the best start in school history for the Catamounts, who have won four consecutive league road games. They boast the conference’s most prolific offense with an average of 74 points a game, and their 43.2 field goal percentage ranks second in the SoCon.
    “Our whole intent going into this year was to reestablish ourselves as one of the premier teams in the conference,” GSU coach Rusty Cram said. “We feel like right now we are on track to get back into that top three or four by the end of this year. (A win today) would go a long way toward that. Obviously Western Carolina and Tennessee-Chattanooga are the two top teams for the last couple of years, and you want to play well against them. It’s a huge weekend for us.”
    Western and Georgia Southern haven’t met since last spring when the Catamounts knocked the Eagles out of  the SoCon tournament.