Norfolk, VA (Jan. 24) - Georgia State shot 17 percent in the first half and 24 percent for the game in a 68-45 loss in front of 2,062 fans at the Constant Convocation Center Thursday night.
GSU (9-8, 1-5) knew it would be a little tougher without injured point guard Ashley Watson going against a team that presses full court often. Then, poor shooting on makeable shots dug a deep hole as ODU grew a 15-15 score at 5:50 in the first half with a 11-0 run to build to a 28-16 halftime lead. Add to that foul trouble to its two post players, leaving the team to play five players under 5-foot-9 for long stretches.
“We missed so many easy, makeable shots and you have to score way more than 45 points to win a game anywhere, any time,” coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. “Our defense started OK in the first half, holding them to 29% and having more rebounds at halftime (31-22), but when you’re not scoring, it is all for naught.”
Without its point guard, all the GSU players threw the ball all over the Arena with 28 turnovers, falling on the shoulders of seven of the nine players dressed who had two or more turnovers. It wasn't as much the defense as simply careless and misguided passes, or players being in the wrong place.
Georgia State got 14 points from sophomore guard Kayla Nolan, but she shot just 3-for-12 in doing that. Senior center Cody Paulk, who got her fourth foul with 16:22 to play, still finished with 13 rebounds, 5 points and two blocks in the 25 minutes she played. Sophomore forward Maryam Dogo added nine rebounds and five points in 19 minutes in her second career start.
The Panthers did hold a 50-41 rebound advantage and had a season-best 21 offensive rebounds.
Old Dominion (13-5, 4-2) was led by Jackie Cook’s 15 points, while forward Shae Kelley took advantage of GSU’s five guard defense to score 12 points and grab 12 rebounds.
Georgia State made its first two three-point shots (Nolan and Moss) and then missed its final 12 attempts outside the arc. Kendra Long, second in school history in three-point baskets, went 0-for-4 for a third straight game, missing 18 straight attempts in her current shooter’s slump.
Georgia State drives north through the snow on Friday to the Washington, D.C. area for a Sunday game at George Mason.