JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Georgia State fell 61-56 in overtime Saturday to Jacksonville State at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Walnatia Wright recorded her third double-double of the season, leading GSU in points with 14 points and rebounds with 13.
It was the first event held in the Pete Mathews Coliseum since a tornado caused significant damage back in March. For the Panthers, it was the second straight overtime contest after the Panthers downed Kennesaw State on overtime on Thursday.
Both teams struggled shooting out of the gate as a total of just 23 points were scored in the first quarter. The Gamecocks led 7-2 before the Panthers settled in and battle back. Madison Ervin drilled a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the period to make it 12-11, JSU at the end of the first.
Kierra Henry opened up the second quarter with an old-fashioned 3-point play to give GSU a 14-12 lead. For Henry, she now has more than 700 career points as a Panther.
The GSU defense would end up holding JSU scoreless for the first 6:56 of the second quarter, going on a 12-0 run to lead 19-12.
The Gamecocks bounced back in the closing minutes, but Georgia State took a 21-19 lead into halftime.
Allison Johnson scored seven points in the third quarter as the Panthers led 35-30 heading into the final quarter.
The final minutes of the game featured scoring droughts of two and a half minutes by each side and a combined eight turnovers.
After Janessa Murphy made two free throws to put the Panthers up four with 7.3 seconds left, JSU called timeout and advanced the ball to midcourt. Out of the timeout, the Gamecocks got the ball in the paint and made a layup. A foul was called to send the JSU player to the free throw line. She missed the free throw, but JSU grabbed the offensive rebound and got the putback to fall with 0.9 seconds left.
GSU didn’t get a shot off and the two schools headed to OT tied at 49-49.
In overtime, Jacksonville State ended the contest on a 6-0 run to win 61-56.
Next up for the Panthers is the GSU Holiday Classic Dec. 20-21 in the GSU Sports Arena.