ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's basketball team fell to UNCW, 72-69, on a buzzer-beating three-point shot by the Seahawks' Abria Trice in a Colonial Athletic Association game Thursday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State trailed by six with less than three minutes to play, but the Panthers rallied to tie the game at 69-all with 58 seconds left on pair of free throws by Chan Harris. GSU did have a chance to take the lead with 14 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws. UNCW called time with 9.1 seconds left. UNCW guard Alisha Andrews inbounded the ball, got a pass back from a teammate, then drove the lane and kicked deep in the corner to Abria, from Dutchtown High in nearby Hampton, who hit the long trey as the buzzer sounded and backboard lights turned red.
Cody Paulk led Georgia State (7-16, 1-11 CAA) with 16 points, while Harris contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kendra Long added 14 points for the Panthers. Point guard Jerlisa Taylor had her third straight game with six or more assists.
Andrews, a 5-2 guard from Redan High in Stone Mountain, scored a game-high 22 points and had seven assists for the Seahawks (15-8, 8-4 CAA, No. 72 RPI). UNCW's game-winner was the Seahawks ninth three-point basket of the game (9-of-20, 45%) with four by Tawanna Lee (16 points) and three by Andrews.
Tonight's game included eight ties and eight lead changes.
The host Panthers had a commanding 51-28 rebounding advantage, including 19 offensive boards. GSU made 16 steals and blocked five shots. The Panthers powered inside to score 40 points in the paint, as well as 24 points off turnovers.
"Even though we lost, we did have some good things going for us tonight," coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. "The girls played with energy and enthusiasm, got a lot of loose balls, crashed the glass, got ourselves to the free throw line and were aggressive and spirited. Like the last couple games now, we've had chances to win, but didn't find the way. Missed free throws hurt and we were just 6 of 11 in the second half, so all of those were key, not just the last two."
Georgia State will play host to No. 6 Delaware and all former GSU letterwinners on Sunday afternoon in a 2 p.m. game at the Sports Arena. Doors open at 12:30 for the invited Alumni pre-game party.