USA vs. Georgia Southern women's basketball

The University of South Alabama women's basketball team improved to 18-5 (7-5 SBC) with a 73-60 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles on Thursday night at the Mitchell Center. 

While the Jaguars maintained a steady lead for the majority of the game, Georgia Southern held it close until the fourth quarter. In fact, Alexis Brown hit a three-pointer for the Eagles at the start of the fourth to give her team a 45-44 advantage. The Jaguars took back their lead on the next possession as Antoinette Lewis layed one in for two to spark a 13-3 run for South, and take the game out of Georgia Southern's reach. 

The team returns home Saturday, February 16 for a 3 p.m. tipoff against Georgia State at the Mitchell Center. 

The Jaguars put up 30 points and shot a stout 68.8 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, and after Alexis Brown's made three-pointer the Eagles went on a five-minute long field-goal drought that they did not recover from.Brown finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, putting up her second-consecutive double-double vs. the Jags. 

South Alabama and Georgia State have met a total of 15 times with South owning a 9-6 advantage in those matchups. The two teams met in Atlanta, Ga., previously this season on Jan. 17. South Alabama won that contest 68-59. Since Georgia State joined the Sun Belt in 2014, the Jaguars are 8-4 in all matchups, 7-4 during the regular season and 1-0 in the conference tournament. South has won the last four matchups, including the 49-44 tournament win in 2017, and haven't lost to the Panthers since Jan. 26 2017 (45-55) at the Mitchell Center. 

The Jaguars are in fifth place in the Sun Belt standings right behind Georgia State heading into the action on Saturday

"Yeah, the stakes are a little higher. You're battling for position in the conference tournament. You get to that point where every possession matters, so the intensity level raises."

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