Warhawks struggle in loss to Georgia Southern

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Score: ULM 44, Georgia Southern 65
Teams: ULM (3-12, 0-4 SBC), Ga. Southern (5-10, 1-3 SBC)
Location: Monroe, La. (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

Monroe, La. – The ULM women’s basketball team trailed by just six points at the half, but eventually fell to Georgia Southern 65-44 Thursday night inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Sun Belt Conference action.

ULM kept the Eagles within reach as the teams went to the locker room at the half with just six points between them before Georgia Southern went on a 20-2 run to start off the second half.

-Gabriella Cortez led the Warhawks with 15 points on the night. Cortez shot 4-of-20 from the floor, including hitting three shots from behind the arch. The junior also went 4-of-4 from the foul line as filled out her stat line with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
-The Warhawks shot at a 24 percent clip (14-of-58) from the floor compared to the 31 percent (23-72) of the Eagles. This is the second time in three games that ULM finished with a shooting percentage below 30 percent in a game after finishing with a shooting percentage of 27.3 (12-44) at Little Rock on December 31.
-At the charity stripe, ULM knocked down 9-of-10 (90 percent) free throws. Georgia Southern visited the stripe for 12 shots, making nine of them (75 percent).
-Georgia Southern had three players with double digit points. The highest of those was Patrice Butler who posted a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds (11 defensive). Butler was 7-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-6 from the three-point range and 5-of-6 at the foul line.

“It was disappointing to see Georgia Southern dominate us on the boards, giving up 24 offensive rebounds and we only got ten and got outrebounded by 20 altogether. We didn’t play particularly well in the first half and yet we clawed out way back in and cut the lead to six. Then at the beginning of the second half we quickly gave up a three, an and-one, and then another three then all of a sudden we’re down 12 points and we just weren’t able to rally from that.”
“We need to be more physical with our block outs. At times we’ve had people leaving out early, trying to get back in transition on offense and they hadn’t come up with the ball yet. To Georgia Southern’s credit, they have a lot of big bodies, but it also comes down to effort. We also can’t get into a habit of just settling for three’s and forgetting to go inside with it.”

-The Warhawks remain at home and will take on Georgia State Saturday afternon to kickoff the first home Sun Belt Conference doubleheader of the 2017 calendar year. The women are set to have a 2:00 p.m. tip off inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum followed by the men’s game.

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