JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State women’s basketball team defeated Georgia Southern 78-52 to extend their win streak to five. With only one loss being the first game of the season to Texas Tech, the Gamecocks overall record is 5-1.
In their five-game winning streak, the JSU women have defeated Alabama, New Orleans, Wofford, Central Arkansas, and now Georgia Southern.
The win over Georgia Southern showed the balance of JSU as four Gamecocks scored in double digits. Courtney Strain led with a career-high 18 points and Candace Morton scored 14 points. Miranda Cantrell finished with 12 points and Briana Benson reached 11.
The Gamecocks defense was impressive as they forced 16 turnovers and 10 steals. Morton led with three steals, Tyler Phelion and Destany McLin both had two steals, and Destiny James, Leah Strain and Benson all recorded one steal.
Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern was in a tight game for most of the first half. Georgia Southern had a six-point lead with 13:24 in the first half. However, Georgia Southern would see the lead no more when Kelly Naughton hit a three-pointer to put the Gamecocks up two with 9:28 left in the first half. JSU would eventually pull away towards the end of the first half. Courtney Strain made a three-pointer to put the Gamecocks up 37-27 going into the half.
The second half was when JSU really pulled away. The Gamecocks went on an 11-0 run and then on another 16-2 run. The 16-2 run gave the Gamecocks their largest lead of the night at 30 with 2:21 left in the game. JSU eventually won by 26.
JSU women will have another home game on Dec. 5 where they will play Jackson State. The Gamecocks will be looking to keep their winning streak alive. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.