What you need to know:
* Georgia State (2-1) won its home opener 96-58 over Allen (4-3) Wednesday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
* The Panthers used 66 points in the paint compared to Allen’s 22 to dominate the game from start to finish.
* GSU hosts UNCW Sunday at 2 p.m.
ATLANTA - Georgia State’s women’s basketball team used 66 points in the paint and 30 points off turnovers to win the home opener 96-58 over Allen (S.C.) Wednesday night at the GSU Sports Arena.
Graduate transfer Tiffany Holston recorded her first double-double at GSU with 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Holston was one of five Panthers that finished in double figures as GSU clicked on all cylinders Wednesday night. Freshman Jada Lewis was second on the team with 15 points, followed by senior Alaysia Mitchell with 14. Sophomore Kierra Henry totaled 12 points and senior Haley Gerrin earned 11 to go with four rebounds. Mitchell missed a double-double by just one rebound while junior Kennesha Nichols played an all-around good game and recorded six points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
“I was happy with our 21 assists. I thought we moved the ball around well,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “There’s always room to get better, but overall I’m pleased with the way we competed tonight.”
All 12 players that recorded playing time tonight for Georgia State finished with at least two points. Freshman Shaquanda Miller-McCray made her GSU debut in the fourth quarter and earned two points to go with a block and three rebounds. Freshman Jaylyn Harrison made her first career start and also scored the first points of her career with a three that helped stretch GSU’s lead to 16 in the second quarter.
The Panthers consistently looked inside for points throughout the game to take advantage of the size advantage over the Lady Yellow Jackets. GSU outscored Allen in the paint 66-22 and outrebounded Allen 52-40. Georgia State’s ability to score inside helped the Panthers shoot 46% from the field. The stout defense held the Lady Yellow Jackets to just 31% shooting.
Georgia State continues its three-game home stand with a game against UNCW at the Sports Arena Sunday at 2 p.m.Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSU_WBB) for the latest news.