ATLANTA - New head coach Gene Hill improved to 1-0 as head coach of the Panthers Wednesday morning in the Sports Arena as GSU defeated UNCG 70-63 to open the 2018-19 season.
Walnatia Wright tallied a double-double, leading GSU in points with 15 and rebounds with 11. Jada Lewis totaled 14 points and a team-high six assists and K.K. Williams also finished in double figures with 13 points.
In her GSU debut, Wright was 6-for-11 from the field. Her double-double came in just 20 minutes of action. Also making her Panthers debut was Allison Johnson. Johnson narrowly missed a double-double herself with nine rebounds and eight points.
The Panthers show the ball well, finishing at 45% from the field. GSU also was 12-for-15 at the free throw line.
Madison Ervin, a newcomer from Cape Fear CC, was impressive at the point guard position Wednesday morning. Ervin scored seven points to fo with four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steal.
UNCG jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but the Panthers got into a rhythm and finished the first quarter strong to lead 16-15.
GSU kept that momentum going into the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 27-14 to lead 43-29 at halftime.
UNCG battled back in the third quarter and even retook the lead in the second half. Georgia State, however, went on a 6-0 run to end the game and earn the victory. The Panthers held UNCG to just seven points in the final period and didn't allow a field goal in the final 4:18.
Georgia State goes on the road this weekend to face FAU on Saturday and FIU on Monday. The Panthers' next home game is Dec. 2 against Georgia Tech.
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