KENNESAW, Ga. - Georgia State's women's basketball team made a late push Thursday night, but was defeated by Kennesaw State 71-61 at the KSU Convocation Center.

The Panthers battled from down 15 in the third quarter to within six points in the final period, but struggled to get the big stop on defense when they needed it. Kennesaw State took the lead midway through the first quarter and didn't turn back, using 49% shooting from the field to best GSU.

Kierra Henry did a little bit of everything Thursday night, scoring 16 points, tallying a team-high seven assists and grabbing five rebounds. The junior went 6-of-8 from the field and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

Shay Fluker was Georgia State's leading scorer with 17 points and freshman Deja Mitchell led the team in rebounding with six. K.K. Williams joined Fluker and Henry in double digits with 11 points and Mitchell finished with nine.

The Panthers played much better in the second half, shooting 46% and forcing 11 turnovers. Kennesaw State, however, managed to hold off the Panthers and cling to the lead.

Next up for Georgia State is a home game Sunday against Allen. Tipoff in that game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN3 as well as 1340 The Fan 3.

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