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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: THIS WEEK’S MATCHUPS

NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt women’s basketball starts week five with a little different than normal with a 6 p.m. CT tip-off on Thursday between Georgia State traveling to South Alabama.

Troy looks to keep its winning ways going as it has won five straight and take control of the East Division with a 5-1 mark, while the Ragin’ Cajuns have put together a four-game winning streak to move into first in the West Division with a 4-1 record. 

SBC women’s basketball standings.

Troy’s 86.6 points per game ranks fifth in the NCAA.
 
 Troy’s Alexus Dye’s 11.2 rebounds per games ranks 19th in the NCAA.
    
South Alabama’s Antoinette Lewis is tied for 20th in the NCAA in blocks (2.43 bpg).
 
 
Link to 2020-21 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Statistics

EAST DIVISION:

GEORGIA STATE (6-5, 2-2 SBC) at SOUTH ALABAMA (8-6, 5-3 SBC

Georgia State travels to Mobile, Alabama this week to face South Alabama: Thursday at 6 p.m. CT and Friday at 4 p.m. CT.The Jaguars lead the all-time series 10-4 and 4-2 when hosting the Panthers. South Alabama is riding a six-game winning streak that started on Jan. 26, 2017. The Jaguars have scored 80 or more points in the series three times winning all three of those games. The most recent was Jan. 16, 2020 when South Alabama won, 81-64.Georgia State will match the fourth-best scoring offense in the conference (69.5 ppg) against the fifth-ranked scoring defense (63.1 ppg) in South Alabama. Taylor Hosendove leads the Panthers in scoring (11.5 ppg) and 7.5 rebounds per game. Hosendove also leads the team from the charity stripe going 30-of-38 (.789) and ranks 11th in free throw percentage in the league. She is one of only two players this season to start all 11 games.

South Alabama has four players averaging over 10 points per game with Mahogany Vaught leading the way with 12.5 points per game. Teammate Antoinette Lewis leads the team in with 9.1 rebounds per game and total rebounds with 127. Her 55 offensive rebounds land her first in the league, while her 72 defensive rebounds place her tied for third. In her last seven games, she has been the team’s leading rebounder with a high of 15 on Jan. 8 against Coastal Carolina in a 68-57 win.

TROY (9-4, 5-1 SBC) at APP STATE (8-6, 5-3 SBC)

App State hosts the Troy this weekend in a pair of games with the first one tipping off on Friday at 5 p.m. CT.

Troy leads the series 11-2 and won eight straight before the Mountaineers were able to snap their streak this season with a 78-66 win on Jan. 1 this year to split the first meeting between both teams. The Trojans perfect 5-0 on the road in the series.  

The Trojans rank first in the conference in scoring averaging 86.6 points per game.  Alexus Dye and Felmas Koranga are both averaging a double-double in points and rebounds this season. Dye is averaging a team-high in points (17.2) and rebounds (11.2) while Koranga is averaging 13.5 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. Dye leads the Sun Belt in rebounding and ranks fourth in scoring. Dye and Koranga each finished with a double-double in their last game.  

App State, second in the East Division, has won three straight and is 6-4 in its last ten games. The Mountaineers are paced by Pre Stanley is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game which ranks her second in the league. Stanley is shooting a team-high .500 (91-of-182) from the field and .550 percent (11-of-20) from three-point range.  Against App State, she is averaging 17.5 points per game this season with a high of 24 points in a 78-66 win.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (7-8, 3-5 SBC) at COASTAL CAROLINA (3-7, 0-6 SBC)

The Eagles travel to Conway, South Carolina to face Coastal Carolina in a pair of contests this weekend starting on Friday at 5 p.m. CT.

The teams are tied in the all-time series 5-5 with Coastal Carolina riding a 4-0 streak in the last four. The last time both teams met the Chants put up a series-high in points winning, 90-74, on Feb. 20, 2020.

Georgia Southern has outrebounded its opposition 678 to 586 while owning the offensive glass 236 to 182. Shondell Vickers leads the Eagles in rebounding, averaging 7.3 per game. She has been the team’s leading rebounder in nine of the 15 games this season with a high of 15. Teammate A’Tyanna Gaulden leads the team in scoring averaging 10.9 points per game this year. She also leads the squad in field goals made (52), assists (31), and steals (24). In her last three games, Vickers is averaging 9.7 points with a high 22 against Troy on Jan. 16.

Coastal’s Aja Blount is coming off a weekend where she averaged 18 points per game in a series at Troy. She leads the team in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game. Blount’s 7.3 rebounds per game are first on the team and 11th in the Sun Belt.  The Chants rank fourth as a team in rebounds per game (41.6) and seventh in total rebounds (416).  Coastal has owned the glass allowing its foes to only grab 380 boards all season.

WEST DIVISION:

ULM (2-10, 0-6 SBC) at LITTLE ROCK (6-5, 2-2 SBC)

ULM heads north to Little Rock, Arkansas as it looks for its first conference win of the season as it takes on the Trojans this weekend for a pair of contests that start on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.

Little Rock is 29-3 overall in the series and is 14-1 when hosting. The Trojans are currently riding a 16-game series winning streak that started on Feb. 4, 2012. The last time the Warhawks won was on Jan. 12, 2012.

ULM’s Kierra Brimzy leads the team in scoring (14.8) and is fourth in the Sun Belt this season. In her last two games, she averaged 20 points, while shooting .405 percent (17-of-42) from the field. Teammate Kierra Crockett is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game this season to pace ULM and rank second in the Sun Belt. She has been the team’s leading rebounder the last seven games in a row.

The Trojans are led by three players averaging 11.2 or more points per game this year. Bre’Amber Scott leads the three scorers (18.0 ppg) that ranks her as the Sun Belt’s leading scorer. Her season-high in points this season is 28 in an 82-74 win against Vanderbilt on Dec. 5.  Brianna Crane, who is averaging 14.1 points this season leads the team in field goal percentage (.500) and blocks (5). In her last two conference games (vs. UTA), she is averaging 13.5 points.

TEXAS STATE (6-5, 3-3 SBC) at LOUISIANA (4-5, 3-1 SBC)

Texas State travels to Louisiana this weekend for a set of games that start on Friday at 6 p.m. and finish up on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.

Louisiana leads the all-time series 10-8 and is 3-1 in its last four against the Bobcats. The largest winning streak in the series for either team has been three in a row, with Texas State having the most recent three-game winning streak.

The Bobcats are coming up a 2-0 weekend against ULM and looks to build off its success as it faces Louisiana. Texas State is lead by leading scorer Da’Nasia Hood, who is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game which also ranks her third in the conference.  She also leads the team in rebounding (8.2 rpg). Last weekend, Hood finished averaging 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of wins over the Warhawks.

Louisiana’s Brandi Williams tallied 38 total points the last time the Ragin’ Cajuns and Bobcats met during week one. Her performance helped Louisiana to a split of the series. Williams is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game and is 20-of-42 (.476) from beyond the arc.

ARKANSAS STATE (9-3, 4-2 SBC) at UT ARLINGTON (6-4, 4-2 SBC)

The Red Wolves travel to UTA this weekend for a pair of games with the first one tipping off on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

Arkansas State leads the series 15-10 and is 7-4 when playing at UTA. The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 meetings with the Mavericks winning the last four straight.

The Red Wolves will look to the team’s three leading scorers who are averaging over 10 points per game this season. Jada Stinson is averaging 11.5 points and Jireh Washington is averaging 11.4 points. Stinson has been Arkansas State’s force from three-point range going 26-of-78 (.333). Against ULM on Jan 16, she tallied all of her 15 points from three-point range going 5-of-10.

UTA’s Shyia Smith leads the team in both points (13.5) and rebounds (6.1) and had a season-high 21 points against Little Rock on Jan. 1.  Her 13.5 points per game rank ninth in the league, while 6.1 rebounds per game place her 15th.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Week 1 – Pre Stanley, App State
Week 2 – Mayra Caicedo, Little Rock
Week 3 – Tiyah Johnson, Troy 
Week 4 – Alexus Dye, Troy
Week 5 – A’Tyanna Gaulden, Georgia Southern
Week 6 – Shondell Vickers, Georgia Southern
Week 7 – Antoinette Lewis, South Alabama
Week 8 – Alexus Dye, Troy
Week 9 – Pre Stanley, App State
 
SUN BELT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament moves to Pensacola, Florida this March where all 12 teams will compete in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament, which will be played March 5-8 at both Pensacola Bay Center and Pensacola State Community College.
 
Pensacola will serve as home to the Sun Belt Conference’s women’s and men’s basketball tournament through the 2024-25 season.
 

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