ATLANTA – Georgia State’s women’s basketball team picked up a big win at home Saturday afternoon, defeating rival Georgia Southern 71-56 at the GSU Sports Arena.

Georgia State was strong in nearly every facet of the game Saturday, but was especially dominant on the boards. The Panthers out-rebounded the Eagles 56-24 led by Francesca Minali’s career-high 18 rebounds. Up until the fourth quarter, Minali had more rebounds than the entire Georgia Southern team combined.

Kierra Henry paced the Panthers on offense, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. She added four assists and a steal. Shay Fluker totaled 13 points and Janessa Murphy scored 11 points to join Henry in double figures.

Madison Newby distributed the ball efficiently all game, tallying a season-best eight assists. Newby helped GSU in transition as the team finished with 17 fast-break points.

Georgia State out-scored Georgia Southern 28-14 in the paint and 19-6 on second-chance points. Minali and K.K. Williams each finished with six offensive rebounds.

The Panthers also continued to get to the free throw line and knock down their shots, something that’s been a team strength all year long. GSU shot 18-for-22 from the strip while the Eagles took just 12 free throws.

The turning point in the game was the second quarter. Georgia Southern jumped out to a 6-2 lead and only trailed Georgia State 14-11 after the first 10 minutes. The Panthers, however, would go on a 14-3 run to close out the first half. Georgia State scored 26 points in the second period while holding the Eagles to 14.

Georgia State (5-13, 1-6 SBC) snapped a seven-game losing streak and also picked up its first Sun Belt win on the year. With the victory, Georgia State has now won four straight against the rival Eagles.

The women’s basketball team earned a point for GSU towards the Rivalry Series which GSU currently leads 7.5-0.5.

Next up for Georgia State is UT Arlington Thursday at the Sports Arena followed by Texas State Saturday. Both of those games will be on ESPN3.