BOCA RATON, Fla. – Georgia State’s women’s basketball team totaled 61 rebounds in a 75-59 victory at Florida Atlantic Saturday afternoon at the FAU Arena. Led by Jada Lewis’ 20 points, the Panthers improved to 2-0 in head coach Gene Hill’s first season.
Georgia State outrebounded the Owls 61-39 and doubled up FAU with 24 offensive rebounds to FAU’s 12. GSU 54 points in the paint and tallied 16 second-chance points.
“We always talk about how important it is to win the rebound battle. We want to get out and run on offense and in order to run, you have to rebound, “Hill said. “We made a point in practice to our guards that they have to help rebound and they did that today.”
Jada Lewis not only led GSU in scoring with 20 points, but the guard also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Lewis was 8-for-15 from the floor and finished with three assists.
Shaq Miller-McCray recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, matching a career mark for rebounds. She also tallied three blocks.
Walnatia Wright led GSU with 15 rebounds. Wright added nine points, narrowly missing her second double-double in as many games.
Saturday’s game started similar to GSU’s contest against UNCG on Wednesday. In both games, the Panthers fell behind early before mounting big runs to take the lead.
On Saturday, the Panthers used a 17-1 run in the first quarter after trailing 7-0.
“Good things happen when we get locked in both defensively and offensively,” Hill said. “When we get going, we can put some points on the board quickly.”
GSU and FAU traded leads for much of the second and third periods before the Panthers pulled away late.
The score was tied seven times and there were 11 lead changes.
GSU stepped up midway through the fourth quarter and didn’t allow a field goal by FAU in the final 5:59. The Panthers outscored the Owls 22-4 in the final 10 minutes.
Georgia State stays in south Florida and will visit FIU on Monday night at 7 p.m.
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