ATLANTA--Kayla Nolan notched her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced effort as Georgia State defeated Morehead State, 61-47, Sunday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Tiffany Anderson contributed 11 points and six rebounds for the Panthers, who improved to 6-2 on the season. Cody Paulk added nine points, seven boards, three steals and two blocked shots for GSU.
"Tiffany Anderson really showed a lot of leadership today," said GSU assistant coach Adrienne Shuler. "She was aggressive, offensively and on the boards, and that generated a lot of second and third opportunities. When she plays like that, she is huge for us."
Shuler served as head coach for this game with GSU head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener serving a one-game suspension, per Colonial Athletic Association policy, after she received two technical fouls in the Panthers' last game.
Georgia State used aggressive defense to force 21 Morehead State turnovers and limit the Eagles to 28 percent shooting from the field, including just 6-for-36 from three-point range. The Panthers also held the advantage on the boards, 50-37.
GSU led 28-18 at the half after holding the Eagles to just 6-for-29 shooting from the field and forcing 16 MSU turnovers. The Panthers led 24-8 with seven minutes to play in the first half before allowing Morehead State to close the gap with a 9-4 run.
Early in the second half, Morehead State pulled within six points at 33-27, but Georgia State quickly responded with eight straight points in less than a minute to reestablish a 14-point lead. The run was fueled by back-to-back steals in the backcourt by Kendra Long and Miranda Smith that produced easy layups. The Panthers maintained their double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Terrice Robinson led Morehead State with 10 points, and Casey Ryans added nine points and rebounds but the Eagles fell to 1-9.
Georgia State returns to action Friday, hosting Western Carolina in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the GSU Sports Arena. To purchase tickets, call 866-GA-STATE or visit GeorgiaStateSports.com.
- The 28.1% defense today marked the fifth game of the eight this year that GSU has held the opponent under 30% shooting. GSU was No. 8 in the NCAA last Monday at 31.1 for the season and is now at 32.7 this week.
- The 47 points is the second lowest allowed this season and the fifth time GSU has held its opponent to 50 points or less.
- The Panthers are still a perfect 5-0 at home this season.
- GSU held Morehead State to 16.7 percent outside the 3-point line to lower the season average outside the arc on defense to 21.2.
- The 50-rebound game was GSU's third this year with 50 or more, upping the season average to 45.8. GSU has a +7.1 rebound advantage.
- GSU's 12 steals today are a fifth with 10 or more this year and keeps the season average in double figures at 10.4 per game.
- Andrson's double-figure game was her 14th of her career.
- Paulk's two blocked shots were No. 154 and 155 for her career as she needs just seven more to crack the Top 10 in CAA history and 11 more to tie the GSU school record for a career.
- Nolan's double-figure scorng game makes it 7 times in the 8 games this year to reach double digits. Her 11 rebounds were one shy of her personal-best 12 in the season opener at UCF this year.
- The Panthers six blocked shots today were a fifth game this year with five or more and upped the season average to 5.5 per game as GSU was in the Top 25 in the NCAA in this category, too.