NEW ORLEANS - Georgia State rallied from a 10-point deficit but was defeated 47-45 by Appalachian State on a shot as time expired Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year Allison Johnson tied the game at 45-45 on a layup with 3.7 seconds left before App State's Madi Story hit a mid-range jumper as the buzzer sounded to win the game for the Mountaineers.
"First of all, I would like to congratulate Appalachian State. I think they came out and really played well, especially since they played yesterday too. It was a tremendous job by Coach (Elderkin) to get her team prepared," head coach Gene Hill said. "I felt like we just did not come to play today for 40 minutes as we played a little sluggish. Even though we fought back, we just couldn't make the shots that we needed to."
The Panthers trailed by 10 in the third quarter but battled all the way back to tie the game twice in the final minutes.
Georgia State trailed by one at the end of the first quarter and both teams struggled to score in the second quarter with App State leading 26-23 at the break.
The Mountaineers controlled the opening moments of the second half before GSU went on a 7-0 run to end the third quarter.
Walnatia Wright got going in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.
Janessa Murphy provided a spark off the bench, scoring 10 points for the Panthers. Johnson finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Panthers went 4-for-21 from 3-point range while App State was 6-for-23.
Georgia State's 17 wins this season was the most since 2003-04. GSU won seven more conference games this year than last. Only four teams in D-I had a better win improvement in conference play this season.
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