What you need to know:

* Georgia State improved to 10-14 (6-7 SBC) rallied from 11 down in the third quarter to defeat Appalachian State 59-55 Saturday in Boone.

* Three Panthers finished in double figures with Holston leading GSU with 14 points.

* With the win, Georgia State takes over sole possession of seventh in the Sun Belt standings, breaking a tie with App State.


BOONE, N.C. - Winning its fifth game in the last six contests, Georgia State’s women’s basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit Saturday to defeat Appalachian State 59-55 in Boone.

Down 11 in the third quarter, the Panthers outscored the Mountaineers 21-12 in the fourth quarter to pull off the comeback. Georgia State was led by Tiffany Holston who scored 14 points and had four rebounds, a block and a steal. Makeba Ponder made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and Jada Lewis tallied 11 points including two free throws in the final minute.

Appalachian State led for nearly 30 minutes Saturday, but GSU’s late run gave them the lead when it counted. With 31 seconds to go, Haley Gerrin hit a pair of free throws to put GSU up 56-55. App State missed a jumped and K.K. Williams grabbed the rebound with eight seconds remaining. Williams made one free throw to put GSU up two and the Mountaineers drew a foul with just four seconds to go. The first FT shot bounced out and the Mountaineers missed the second shot, looking to get an offensive board. It was Lewis that snuck in and came out with the ball, however, and she would hit both her free throws to give the Panthers the 59-55 advantage.

Entering the day, GSU and App were tied in the conference standings, each with a 5-7 record. With GSU’s win, the Panthers now sit alone in seventh place, one game behind Georgia Southern.

Next up for GSU are a pair of home games against Texas State and UT Arlington on Thursday and Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena.

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