DEFENSE HAS BEEN KEY TO GEORGIA STATE WINS
Georgia State s 8-4 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 seven of the 12 opponents under 50 points this season and allow just 57.2 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 rankings of the 345 Division I teams on Monday, Jan. 7 and one will see the impact the Panthers’ aggressiveness is having:
• No. 8 in the NCAA in 3-point field goal defense (.235)
• No. 13 in the NCAA in all field goal defense (.328)
• No. 31 in the NCAA in blocked shots per game (5.0)
• No. 40 in the NCAA in rebound margin (+6.9)
• No. 87 in the NCAA in points allowed (57.2)
• No. 94 in the NCAA in steals per game (10.4)
GEORGIA STATE-HOFSTRA SERIES HISTORY
Hofstra swept both games last year to up its all-time series lead to 10-3. Georgia State won the only game the previous year with a win in Atlanta on Jan. 9, 2011, (84-70).
A QUICK LOOK AT HOFSTRA
Located on Long Island in Hempstead, N.Y., Hostra is under the guidance of a Georgia native in her seventh year at the helm, Krista Kilburn-Steveskey. She has a 110-92 career mark in her seventh year at Hofstra. Kilburn-Steveskey played at Fayette County HS and went on to N.C. State as a player. She returned to coach high school ball in metro Atlanta and was Coach of the Year at Wheeler HS.
Hofstra has a current player from coach’s alma mater in junior Anma Onyeuku.
The Pride were 19-12 last season, marking a third consecutive year the school has won 19 or more games.
PAULK SETS SCHOOL RECORD
Senior center Cody Paulk worked her way to the top of the GSU all-time list for blocked shots. With 168 blocks she owns the school mark that had stood for 16 years. She has moved into the Top 10 in CAA all-time history. She needs 7 to move into 9th, 8 into 8th in CAA history.
She is the only GSU player to have two 50-plus block seasons and will be looking for make that three in a row as well.
The Alabama native has blocked 6 shots in a game five times, including two games this season. She has blocked 5 shots in a game four times, making it 10 games with 5 or more blocks. The school game record is 11, with a game of 8 and two players with games of 7 blocks.
Paulk has 22 career games in double-figure scoring, including a pair of CAA games over 20 points (VCU and Towson).
As a rebounder, she has six double-figure games and 10 games with nine or more rebounds. She’s closing in on her 500th career rebound (418 and counting).
With 98 steals on defense, she needs two more to reach the 100 miletsone.
She is a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree as a chemistry major and math minor. She has been the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Long FROM LONG RANGE
Junior Kendra Long has a great name for being an outstanding three-point shooter.
In her first two years at GSU, she has become the only player in school history with two 50 or more three-point baskets made seasons.
Her 131 made has already moved her into a tie for second place on the school’s all-time list.
The Atlanta native needs 23 more to tie the existing school career mark set just five years ago.
Long has made five three-point shots in a game four times and is obviously a marked target for opposing defenses.
She has 34 double-figure scoring games, including 10 games this season.