Monday, January 6, 2014

South Alabama Women Perfect in Sun Belt Conference Play

     By: Cassandra McAboy

     The University of South Alabama women's basketball team recorded their second straight Sun Belt Conference win Saturday afternoon with a 65-57 victory over Georgia State at the Mitchell Center. This is Georgia State's first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

     Shooting 47 percent from behind the 3-point line, USA also won the rebounding battle 45 to 39 and forced 16 turovers by their opponents.

     "Our players are playing with so much confidence right now," said first year South Alabama head coach Terry Fowler. "Rachel Cumbo made some threes early and Ronneka Robertson made a couple of big baskets in the post which gave us some confidence right away."

     Cumbo led the South Alabama charge with a career-high 20 points after shooting 7-of-13 from the field and an impressive 4-of-6 from behind the arc. 

     Opening the game hitting five of her first seven shots, Cumbo also connected on her first four three-pointers.

     "At the start of the season we had a pretty tough schedule which (I believe) served as a confidence booster," Cumbo said. "We played, we got down, we went through the tough times - I feel like now we're benefitting from where we started."

     South Alabama took a 33-28 advantage in the lockerroom at the break and led by as many as 13 with 4:56 remaining in the game but Georgia State would claw their way back into the game and fight till the end cutting the margin to six, 58-52 with 2:57 left in the contest. 

     In spite of the GSU run, the Lady Jags stuck to their game plan and executed perfectly with a layup by Meghan Dunn snapping the Georgia State run.

     Fowler said, "I couldn't be more proud of how we fought, hung in there and the way we were able to finish the game and be able to get off to a 2-0 start in the Sun Belt."

     Breanna Hall and Colby Davis also recorded double digits for South Alabama scoring 12 and 10 respectively, while Ronneka Robertson grabbed a game high 10 rebounds.

     Kayla Nolan paced Georgia State with 17 points followed by a 12 point performance by Kendra Long.

     USA (4-8, 2-0 SBC) will travel to Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday with tip-off set for 7 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.

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