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Women begin four straight at home Saturday
GSU men open road trip trip at The Citadel
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    After a four-game road trip, the Georgia Southern women’s basketball team will return to Hanner Fieldhouse to entertain Wofford today at 3 p.m., which begins a four-game homestand.
    Georgia Southern (7-8, 3-1) is on a a two-game win streak after defeating both UNC Greensboro and Elon on the road and staying unbeaten in games played during the New Year, 2-0. Wofford recently dropped a tough road game to Kentucky (Jan. 7) in Lexington, snapping the Terriers’ six-game win streak dating back to a Dec. 15 victory over UNC Greensboro.
    GSU holds a current 11-game win streak over the Terriers, which began in 2003. Shawnda Atwood and Tiffany Brown pace the Georgia Southern squad with 11.1 points per game, while Atwood pulls down a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest.  Ashley Melson is the third of three Lady Eagles to average double-figures in points, scoring 10.0 per game, while grabbing an average 4.2 rebounds per contest, third-best on the team.

GSU men look to keep momentum
    A home game was definitely what the doctor ordered for Georgia Southern, which snapped a three-game losing streak in overtime Thursday to the College of Charleston. But the Eagles now head back out on the road for a three-game road swing beginning with The Citadel this  afternoon.
    “We just need to try to keep the momentum going and understand that conference play is difficult no matter where you play,” said GSU coach Jeff Price. “We’ve struggled (at The Citadel) in the past, and we need to be extremely focused and play well.”
    The Eagles enjoyed their best offensive output of the season Thursday with 96 points and posted their second-highest shooting percentage (53.6%).
    Leading the charge was freshman Willie Powers who recorded a team-high 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He ended a personal string of three-straight games in single-digit scoring, the longest of his young career.
    Senior Louis Graham, who is averaging 19 ppg in his last two outings, had little trouble scoring against The Citadel last season. In three games, he averaged 16.7 points, including 21 in Charleston.
    The Bulldogs are one of the youngest teams in all of college basketball with one senior and a junior among 11 freshmen. They enter Saturday’s game with a 5-9 overall record and 0-5 in the league while losing three straight.
    “They’re young, they can really shoot the basketball, they’re very perimeter-oriented and we’re going to have to get out and guard the (3-point) line and hopefully take advantage of some things inside,” said Price. “Even though they’re young they’ve played some people well.”
    The Citadel is second in the SoCon in both 3-point field goals per game (9.21) and 3-point percentage (37.5%), while ranking third in 3-point attempts (24.57 pg). Ten of their 18 field goals in the 84-54 loss to UNC Greensboro on Monday were from 3-point land.
    “I just think you need to focus on getting out on the line,” said Price. “They’re different than Charleston in that they don’t have really big, banging guys down low that can hurt you so you can concentrate a little bit more on the 3-point line. I don’t think there’s any question that we’re going to have to do that. They do a really good job with their motion offense.”