Lady Eagles come up short against LA Monroe

Lady Eagles come up short against LA Monroe (Image 1)

 From Georgia Southern Sports Information

STATESBORO, Ga. – ULM post players Sharnice Brooks and Alayshia Hunter combined for 41 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Warhawks to a 58-50 Sun Belt Conference women’s basketball victory over Georgia Southern Saturday evening in Hanner Fieldhouse.

Anna Claire Knight tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Georgia Southern (4-17, 1-11), and Angel McGowan posted 12 points four assists and five steals. Patrice Butler scored 10.

Brooks was 9-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and finished with 23 points and eight rebounds for ULM (10-12, 6-7). Hunter collected 18 points and 10 boards after connecting on 5-of-10 from the field and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Georgia Southern played without starting forward Briana  Jones for the second straight contest.

The Eagles trimmed an eight-point second-half deficit to two points on a jumper by Butler with 4:53 to go and trailed 50-47 after a Knight jumper with 1:23 remaining. The Eagles were whistled for a holding foul on ULM’s next trip down the floor, and Chelsea Tieuel converted a pair of free throws to make it a five-point margin.

Knight had her reverse layup try rim out on Georgia Southern’s possession, and the Eagles were forced to foul with under a minute to play. The Warhawks made all four of their free throws to seal the win and finished the game 19-for-20 from charity stripe.

After trailing 26-22 at halftime, Georgia Southern went on a 9-2 run and took a brief 31-30 lead on a Knight layup in transition early in the second half. ULM went right back inside as Hunter and Brooks each scored four points in a 10-1 run that made the score 40-32 with 10:14 remaining.

ULM opened the game with a 12-2 run, but the Eagles righted the ship and answered back with a 10-2 run of their own as a pair of McGowan free throws trimmed the lead to 14-12 midway through the first half. The Eagles forced 19 turnovers in the game while committing a season-low seven turnovers, but shot 24 percent from the field.

“I was happy with our defensive intensity and execution for all 40 minutes,” said Georgia Southern coach Chris Vozab. “We know that when we play with the intensity and effort that we did tonight, we’ll give ourselves an opportunity to win games in this league. Offensively, I thought we ran our stuff sharp and hard, but we need to convert at a higher rate than we did tonight.”

The Eagles cap their five-game homestand against Arkansas State Thursday at 5 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse. It’s Military Appreciation Day  – free general admission with military ID, and military family members get $5 general admission tickets

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