What you need to know:
* Georgia State improved to 6-13 (2-6 SBC) with a hard-fought 55-45 win at South Alabama Thursday afternoon.
* Tiffany Holston recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
* Georgia State goes to Troy, Ala. to face the Trojans on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
MOBILE, Ala. - Led by three players in double figures, Georgia State pulled out a 55-45 victory at South Alabama Thursday in Mobile. Tiffany Holston and Jada Lewis each scored 12 points to lead the team and K.K. Williams hit several big free throws down the stretch to finish with 10 points.
Georgia State held South Alabama to only one point in the second quarter. It was the least points allowed by GSU in a quarter since the NCAA switched from halves to quarters before last season. The Jaguars rallied in the second half to retake the lead, but Georgia State responded with a flurry of defensive stops and went back in front with 4:48 remaining in the game. The Panthers would go 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the final 1:31 to seal the victory and snap a six-game losing streak.
“We played with a lot of energy today and with a lot of heart,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “This was the best our defense has played all year. It was a loud environment and we held our composure and came up with rebounds and steals down the stretch to win the game.”
The Panthers trailed 12-8 after the first period, but held the Jags to just a free throw in the second period to hold a 20-13 lead at halftime. All game, Georgia State pounded the interior and it showed in the box score. GSU outscored USA 32-14 in the paint and outrebound the Jaguars 45-30. The Panthers held an 18-9 advantage on the offensive boards.
Holston finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to earn her fifth double-double of the season. Lewis and Williams were the pair that went 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the final minutes. Williams recorded four steals on the defensive end. Kierra Henry tallied eight points and six rebounds and Tatianna Jackson added seven points and five rebounds. Alaysia Mitchell scored six points off the bench and Astaja Tyghter collected seven rebounds.
Georgia State (6-13, 2-6 SBC) stays in Alabama and will play at Troy Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSU_WBB) for the latest news.