What you need to know:

* Georgia State improved to 8-13 (4-6 SBC) with its third straight win Thursday night over UL Monroe.

* The Panthers were clicking on all facets of the game, winning 87-35.

* Georgia State hosts Louisiana Saturday at noon in the Sports Arena.


ATLANTA - There wasn’t much the Panthers did wrong Thursday night as Sharon Baldwin’s team used a 45-3 run in the second and third quarters to defeat UL Monroe 87-35. The 52-point blowout is the largest margin of victory for GSU since 2002.

Georgia State used 18 steals on defense to hold ULM to just 35 points, including four in the second quarter and three in the third quarter. It was the fewest points allowed by the Panthers since 2009. Astaja Tyghter tallied four steals and Kierra Henry and K.K. Williams added three each.

On offense, 11 Panthers scored as Makeba Ponder led the way with 16 points. Ponder hit four 3-pointers to pass Kelcey Roegiers and move into second place in GSU’s history books with 157 career long balls. Tiffany Holston recorded her sixth double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in just 19 minutes on the court. Williams also finished in double figures with 10 points.

“The defensive intensity we had today was really strong. We got a little bit of confidence and started getting some steals and everybody wanted to be a part of it tonight,” head coach Sharon Baldwin said.

Georgia State dominated the game in just about every category. The Panthers forced 25 turnovers and scored 35 points off those turnovers, compared to ULM scoring just eight off turnovers. GSU outrebounded ULM 45-24 and outshot the Warhawks 52%-27% from the field. Georgia State scored 42 points in the paint and held ULM to 12. GSU scored 21 fast break points while holding ULM to seven. GSU’s bench outscored ULM’s team with 43 points and the Panthers led the game for 39:15.

Georgia State (8-13, 4-6 SBC) looks to push its win streak to four as it hosts Louisiana Saturday at noon.

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