TROY, Ala. - Georgia State's women's basketball team sank 12 3-pointers Sunday, setting a new GSU record in a 90-86 loss at Troy.
Georgia State fell behind early to Troy as the Trojans opened the game with three 3-pointers in a row. Georgia State, however, rallied after a timeout by head coach Sharon Baldwin and went on an impressive 21-3 run to led Troy 23-22 at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers led by as many as nine in the first half but found themselves playing catch-up for the remainder of the contest.
GSU pulled within one late in the fourth, but the Trojans held on to win as GSU dropped to 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in the Sun Belt.
GSU shot 41% from the field including a 52% mark from long range, making 12 of 23. The Panthers also continued their streak of great free throw shooting, going 22-of-26 from the stripe.
Kierra Henry and Janessa Murphy were a combined 10-for-13 from long-range with Murphy hitting seven three-pointers, just one shy of matching the school record. Henry finished with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She added five assists and four steals. Henry's 28 points were the most by a Panther since Kelcey Roegiers scored 33 against Hofstra on Feb. 18, 2007. Murphy also set a new career-high with 25 points, going 7-for-9 from deep. Entering Sunday, Murphy's top scoring game was 11 points. She also tallied eight rebounds and five assists.
Madison Newby joined Henry and Murphy in double-digits with 16 points. She came up just one rebound shy of a double-double and added five assists.
On defense, Shaquanda Miller-McCray totaled seven blocks Sunday, the first time a Panther has done that since 2011.
Georgia State returns home after three straight road games to host Little Rock Jan. 4 at the GSU Sports Arena.