What you need to know:
* It’s the second year in a row a Panther was named Freshman of the Year (Madison Newby, 2015-16).
* Georgia State heads into next week’s conference tournament at the No. 7 see and will play No. 10 South Alabama Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET in New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia State’s Jada Lewis was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and third-team all-conference and Tiffany Holston was named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, the Sun Belt Conference announced Monday.
Jada Lewis brings the Freshman of the Year award to Atlanta for the second season in a row after Madison Newby won the honors for the 2015-16 season. To go with her award, she also earns a third-team Lewis has burst onto the Sun Belt scene in her first year, leading all freshmen in scoring. Heading into the conference tournament, Lewis is averaging 13.0 points per game in league play (12th in SBC) and 11.4 ppg for the season. She is shooting 42% from the field (13th in SBC), 44% from 3-point range (3rd in SBC) and 80% from the free throw line (6th in SBC) in Sun Belt games. Lewis’ average court time of 33.8 minutes per game in SBC play leads all freshmen and she has 32 steals on the season. Lewis led GSU to big wins versus Troy (18 points, 4 steals) and UT Arlington (21 points, 5 assists).
Tiffany Holston was a huge addition for Georgia State this season, averaging nearly a double-double in her first year with the Panthers. Holston ranks fourth in the conference with 8.8 rebounds per game in Sun Belt contests, ranks 12th in FG Pct. and is tied for 10th in blocked shots. Holston is averaging 9.8 points per game to rank in the top 25 in the Sun Belt and has recorded seven double-doubles this season. She tallied 17 rebounds twice this and her scoring high was 19 points in a win over Kennesaw State. For the season, Holston ranks second on the team in points, first in rebounds, third in steals, first in blocked shots and third in minutes… She has started all but one game for the Panthers after transferring from D-II Albany State.
Georgia State will be the No. 7 seed in next week’s Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Panthers will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET in New Orleans against No. 10 seed South Alabama.
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