ATLANTA - Georgia State's women's basketball head coach Sharon Baldwin announced the signing of Janessa Murphy this week. The 5'7 guard played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College.

Murphy averaged more than 10 points per game her sophomore season for the Eagles.She was an impressive 80% (60-80) from the free throw line and tallied double-digit points 18 times.

In her career at Tallahassee, Murphy totaled 556 points and 78 3-pointers in 23 starts, averaging 9.3 points per game.

“I'm really excited about welcoming Janessa back home and to our program. She's a top caliber, versatile guard that fits well with our up-tempo game and comes from a strong junior college program,” Baldwin said. “Aside from being a great player, she's an incredible person that will continue to add to the culture here at Georgia State.”

A native of McDonough, Ga., Murphy returns to the Atlanta area to join the Panthers. She attended Dutchtown H.S. where she was named the 2015 Henry County Girls Player of the Year by the Henry Herald. She was also named All-Southern Crescent Basketball honorable mention and Class AAAAA All-State Honorable Mention by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.

Georgia State is returning several players from last season including the 2016-17 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Jada Lewis. The 2015-16 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Madison Newby also returns after missing the majority of last season with an injury.

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