What you need to know:

* Georgia State lost 69-59 to Eastern Michigan Saturday night at the Donna Murphy Classic in Morehead, Ky.

* The Panthers went on an 11-0 run in the final minutes, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the comeback.

* GSU begins a three-game home stand Wednesday against Allen (S.C.) in the GSU Sports Arena.


MOREHEAD, Ky. - Despite going on an 11-0 run over the final minutes of Saturday’s game, Georgia State’s women’s basketball team lost 69-59 to Eastern Michigan. GSU falls to 1-1 on the year after splitting two contests at the Donna Murphy Classic.

Playing its second game in as many days, GSU (1-1) had a difficult time applying the same pressure on defense against Eastern Michigan (1-0) as it did against Morehead State on Friday. After recording 19 steals against MSU, the Panthers came up with only six on Saturday. On top of that, Eastern Michigan shot 40% from beyond the arc, sinking six treys.

Newcomer Tiffany Holston led the Panthers in scoring with a 14-point performance. Holston scored all those points in just 16 minutes, however, as the forward got in foul trouble early on. Holston was key in GSU’s 11-0 run to end the game.

“You can see what she can do when she’s in the game,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said about Holston. “I think EMU’s gameplan was to get her in foul trouble and get her off the floor. I think that definitely had an effect on us.”

Sophomore Madison Newby finished with 10 points to join Holston in double figures. Sophomore Astaja Tyghter totaled eight points, four rebounds and three steals and seniors Kennesha Nichols and Tatianna Jackson each recorded six rebounds.

Georgia State fell behind by 15 in the second quarter, but sophomore K.K. Williams sparked a 9-0 run to bring GSU within six heading into the half. Williams scored all seven of her points in that quarter. The Eagles jumped out to a 21-point lead in the second half before the Panthers mounted a comeback in the closing moments, using 11 straight points to make it a 10-point contest. Unfortunately, the Panthers ran out of time and picked up their first loss of the season at the hands of EMU.

Following this weekend’s games, the Panthers return to Atlanta for three straight home games beginning with Allen (S.C.) on Nov. 16 in the GSU Sports Arena.

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