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Lady Eagles have showdown with WCU
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    The Georgia Southern women’s basketball team will conclude its four-game road trip in a key match-up at Western Carolina today. The Southern Conference scuffle is slated for 12:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, N.C. and will be broadcast on SportSouth.
    Georgia Southern (16-9, 12-2 SoCon) is coming off a recent 62-39 road victory over College of Charleston (Feb. 16) which extended the win streak to five games and secured the season sweep over the Cougars. Not only are the Lady Eagles looking to extend the win streak to six games and notch the season sweep over the Catamounts, Saturday, but they are also seeking sole ownership of the second spot in the Southern Conference standings.
    Western Carolina (21-6, 13-2 SoCon) is also enjoying similar success after edging Furman, 93-84, in a double-overtime battle. It’s the team’s seventh-consecutive victory with its last loss coming at the hands of the Lady Eagles at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro.
    Georgia Southern holds a 26-11 all-time series advantage over the Catamounts and claims an 11-4 advantage in games played at the Ramsey Center. Georgia Southern’s last victory over Western Carolina occurred earlier this season at Hanner (Jan. 26) as the Lady Eagles edged the visitors by a 64-62 decision. The Catamounts last defeated GSU in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament (Mar. 2, 2007) at the North Charleston Coliseum, 73-59. Prior to that tournament (Feb. 12), the Lady Eagles edged the Catamounts in an 83-81 overtime victory at Cullowhee.
    Leading the Lady Eagles in scoring is senior guard Tiffany Brown (Waxhaw, N.C.) with 11.5 points per game, which is eighth-best in the conference. She is followed by classmate guard Shawnda Atwood (Pensacola, Fla.) with 10.5 points per contest, who is also leading the team with 5.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Carolyn Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) dishes out a team-high 3.21 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the conference. She consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in assist to turnover ratio (1.97).