Tuesday, February 16, 2010

WBB faces crunch time

Crunch time is here for the JSU women’s basketball team.

The Gamecocks go into their final three conference games — all on the road — with their postseason fate in their hands.

They are currently in ninth place, but only a half-game out of the eighth and final spot for the OVC Tournament and one game out of seventh. In fact, only two games separate fourth place from ninth.

The Gamecocks wrap up their OVC play at Austin Peay, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech. (Thrown in between is a non-conference return game with Georgetown, the make-up for a game that was snowed out in December.)

They already hold the tiebreaker on current No. 8 UT Martin and can complete the season sweep on current No. 7 Tennessee State with a win there Saturday.

“I really think anything’s possible in this league,” JSU coach Becky Geyer said Tuesday. “We have three games left, some people have four, but with us it’s which team shows up and if our great team shows up we can compete with anybody in the league, so we’re going to do everything we can to make it into this tournament. For us, our goal right now is just getting in

“It’s a different situation than some of the people fighting for that fourth spot. Our goal is to get in. You’ve got to win games. We’re gonna have to go take a couple that we’re not expected to take.”

The Gamecocks have shown they're capable, beating Morehead State earlier this season. They also have won at all three OVC venues they’re going to in down the stretch in the past.

“The majority of our wins and losses, it's (been) about us, not necessarily about the other team,” Geyer said. “How does (JSU) beat Morehead? Most people said that’s not very possible, but it is. It is because we played one of our best games that night.

“That’s what we have to do with these last three games. We have to bring our very, very best. If we do that, we have as good an opportunity to get a win as anybody in the league. That’s what we’re shooting for, to end on a positive note and play some great games in these last three conference games.”

Do you think they can get in?

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