Stout Defense Leads B-CU in 59-48 Georgia Southern Win
From the tip, it appeared to be a repeat of Tuesday's blowout win over UNC Asheville, with B-CU jumping out to an early 13-5 lead. However, the Eagles (1-7) made a strike to get into the game, using three quick scores to take a lead just beyond the midpoint of the first half.
After over three minutes without a B-CU field goal, point guard Deja Gibson ended the drought, and GSU's 10-2 run, to tie the game at 17. Just the boost B-CU needed, the score set the tone for consecutive Lady Wildcats scores, with a mid-range jumper for Amanda Hairston, followed by quick scores off steals for Gibson and Jasmine Evans, giving B-CU a 6-0 swing with under a minute off the clock. B-CU scapped to hold their lead through the final four minutes of the half, heading to the locker room with a 25-22 advantage over the Eagles.
The game remained a tug-of-war well beyond the midpoint of the second half before the Lady Wildcats earned the permanent lead. Using outstanding defensive pressure to contain the Eagles, B-CU rebuilt its lead, fueled by a pair of successful and-one situations for Shakeyia Colyer and Sharnese Neal.
Though the Eagles were living off free throws, hitting 16-of-18 on the day, the Lady Wildcats held them without a field goal for the final 9:45, holding back the rally attempt. When offensive plays gave way to fouls, Colyer stepped up to the task; fouled three straight possessions and dropping six straight to secure the 59-48 win.
For the second time in three games, the Lady Wildcats held an opponent under 30 percent shooting.
Colyer hit 3-of-6 from the floor and made a season-best 7-of-8 free throws to earn a season-high 13 points to lead all scorers, in addition to snagging five rebounds. Terrenisha Hollis logged double-digit scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 12 points, collecting four steals in the contest.
Hollis earned All-Tournament honors for her performance, amassing 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 2-0 record in the Hatter Classic.
This marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that the women's team holds a better record at the Christmas break than the men's program, the last time the women's program was over the .500 mark at the break.
The Lady Wildcats now part ways to spend the holiday with family, but return on the 26th to prepare for their next on-court action, Sunday, December 30, when the Lady Wildcats host Holy Cross (4-5) at Richard V. Moore Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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