What you need to know:
* Georgia State fell to 2-2 on the year with a 72-66 loss to UNCW Sunday afternoon.
* The Panthers were led by freshman Jada Lewis who finished with 14 points.
* GSU hosts Kennesaw State Tuesday at 7 p.m.
ATLANTA - Georgia State (2-2) lost 72-66 to UNCW (2-1) Sunday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena as the Seahawks hit 11 three-pointers, including six in the second quarter, to hand the Panthers their first home loss of the season.
“I thought we did some things well today,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “We took care of the ball and we got 13 steals on the other end. We missed some chances late because of our free throw shooting. It can be deflating when you’re making a run, but can’t hit your free throws.”
Georgia State led 14-9 after the first quarter, holding an opponent to less than 10 points in a quarter for the second time this season. However, UNCW caught fire from beyond the arc in the second quarter and outscored the Panthers 30-17 to hold a lead at the half. The Seahawks led by as much as 15 points before the Panthers put a run together to open the fourth quarter. The run was capped by a Tatianna Jackson three-pointer that put GSU in front 62-61 at the 5:03 mark, but UNCW would regain the lead its 11th three of the game.
Georgia State pulled back within one with 3:37 to play, but that would be as close as the Panthers would get as GSU missed six free throws in the final period. For the game, Georgia State went 9-23 from the line.
Tiffany Holston finished one rebound shy of her second double-double in as many games, recording 13 points and nine boards. The Panthers outrebounded the Seahawks 38-35, but held a bigger advantage on the offensive boards with 17 offensive rebounds compared to UNCW’s 10. GSU totaled 19 second chance points on the day.
Four Panthers recorded double-digit points as Kierra Henry and K.K. Williams joined Holston and Lewis. For Williams, her 10 points set a new career-high. Henry’s 12 points matched a career mark that she’s reached twice before including Wednesday’s game vs. Allen. Jackson finished with seven points and six rebounds to go with a pair of steals.
For the third time in the first four games this season, GSU recorded double-digit steals, earning 13 on Sunday. Entering the contest, the Panthers averaged 13.3 steals per game which ranked 31st in Division I.
Georgia State completes its three-game home stand Tuesday night when Kennesaw State visits the Sports Arena for a 7 p.m. tip.Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSU_WBB) for the latest news.