Jan. 25, 2008
Game Notes vs. Georgia Southern
CULLOWEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball will put its six-game winning streak and four-game Southern Conference road winning streak to the test Saturday when the team travels to Statesboro, Ga. to take on Georgia Southern at 5 p.m. Both teams are tied for second place in the Southern Conference race with a record of 6-1 and the winner will be one game behind league-leading Chattanooga. Saturday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 and also via streaming audio on-line at www.WWCUFM.com.
The Lady Catamounts' 6-1 Southern Conference record is the best start in school history. The team has used a balanced attack in its current winning streak, with five different players leading the team in scoring and in the last four games all 10 players have scored.
Saturday's game could be titled something's gotta' give as Georgia Southern is enjoying a pair or streaks themselves. The Eagles have won their last five games and are a perfect 7-0 at home.
"Georgia Southern is playing well and they look good," said Head Coach Kellie Harper. "I know this will be a huge battle for us and it will be a physical game."
It has notoriously been a close contest between Western Carolina and Georgia Southern. In 2006-07 the pair of regular season games were decided by a total of seven points. Western Carolina won in Statesboro 73-68 and Georgia Southern won in Cullowhee 83-81. The Lady Catamounts defeated the Eagles by a larger margin in the Southern Conference Tournament semi-finals by a final of 73-59. The two clubs have split the regular season contests the last two years with each team winning on the road. Georgia Southern owns a 26-10 overall record against Western Carolina.
"Traditionally the games with Georgia Southern have been close," Harper said. "We just have to play our game and continue with the same intensity."
In Western Carolina's current four-game road winning streak, the Lady Catamounts have four players averaging in double figures. Junior Lauren Powell leads the team averaging 13.5 points per game and is shooting 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from the three-point line. Senior guard Chevon Keith is a close second averaging 11 points and also eight rebounds per game. Fellow seniors Monique Dawson and Jessika Johnson are each averaging 10.3 points per game. The remaining six players are averaging at least four points per game in the four-game streak.
The Lady Catamounts will return home Monday January 28 for a doubleheader with the men. Western Carolina faces College of Charleston at 5 p.m. in the first of three consecutive home games.