Three-Point Shooters Challenge The Panther Defense
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PAIR of 9-WIN TEAMS WITH OPPOSING STYLES TO BATTLE
Northeastern (9-6, 2-2) comes to town as one of the nation’s leaders in three-point shooting, while Georgia State (9-5-1-2) has built its success on a rugged defense.
The Huskies come in No. 13 in the nation in 3-point baskets (118 made) and No. 14 in 3-point percentage (.366). The Panthers will try to match up with that as No. 3 in the nation in 3-point defense (.237), allowing only 49 made.
NU’s 6-foot-3 center Jewel Tunstull is No. 6 in the NCAA in FG percentage and GSU’s 6-foot-3 center Cody Paulk is No. 12 in the NCAA in blocked shots.
NU turns the ball over 18 times per game (No. 284 NCAA) while GSU forces 19.8 turnovers per game and is No. 68 in the NCAA in steals (10.7). But, NU’s defense also specializes in steals and sits No. 57 in the NCAA at 11.0.
GSU and Towson have played 17 games since joining the CAA together in 2005-06, but this season will end that as GSU moves on to the Sun Belt for FBS football.
As always, the game will be broadcast on WRAS-FM (88.5) beginning at 6:45 with the pre-game show with Coach Baldwin-Tener.
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GEORGIA STATE-NORTHEASTERN SERIES HISTORY
The teams split last year with GSU winning in Atlanta, 81-74, but Northeastern prevailing in Boston, 76-51. The previous year in 2010-11, the teams split, but in reverse with GSU winning in Boston and Northeastern winning in Atlanta.
NU holds a 12-5 all-time series lead, but is 3-4 in Atlanta.
A QUICK LOOK AT NORTHEASTERN
Located in a central city Boston, the Huskies are under coach Daynia La-Force for a seventh season. She was a former player at Georgetown on a Big East championship team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
NU has three seniors and a junior who play major roles to give the Huskies an experienced line-up. Deanna Kerkhof, one of two Canadians in the starting line-up, leads the CAA with 46-of-102 treys. Four Huskies average in double figures as they blend size (6-4 and 6-3) with outside shooting (four with 10 or more treys). NU beat George Mason and William & Mary, then lost to James Madison and Delaware.
DEFENSE HAS BEEN KEY TO GEORGIA STATE WINS
Georgia State s 9-5 start is primarily a credit to the defensive efforts.
This season is only the seventh time of the Panthers’ 38-season history that they
had started by winning 8 of its first 10 games. GSU’s defense has held eight of the 14 opponents under 50 points this season
and allow just 57.1 points a game despite forcing an up-tempo, fast-paced game. If one wants to know primarily why GSU is winning, just look at the national
NCAA weekly rankings of the 345 Division I teams on Monday, Jan. 14 and one will
see the impact the Panthers’ aggressiveness is having:
• No. 3 in the NCAA in 3-point field goal defense (.237) • No. 19 in the NCAA in all field goal defense (.338) • No. 43 in the NCAA in blocked shots per game (4.8) • No. 44 in the NCAA in rebound margin (+6.4) • No. 68 in the NCAA in steals per game (10.7) • No. 78 in the NCAA in points allowed (57.1)
BALANCE HAS BEEN AN ASSET Georgia State has used all 10 players who dress out on a regular basis throughout the season. • All 10 have played 176 or more minutes (176 low-to-422 high) and all averaged more than 12.6 minutes a game (12.6-to-30.1). • All 10 have scored at least 9 or more points in a game. • Eight of the 10 have scored in double figures, four different ones have scored 15 or more points in a game. • Four different players already have had a double-figure rebound game. • Eight of the 10 are averaging 4.4 or more points a game. All 10 have scored 43 or more on the season. • Nine of the 10 have 5 or more assists; All 10 have already blocked a shot.
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