Williamsburg, Va (Feb. 27) - After 12 ties and 10 lead changes, William and Mary's reserve Taylor Hilton launched her only 3-point attempt of the game with 44.9 seconds to lift the host Tribe to a 77-73 advantage. William and Mary added a final lay-up for the 79-73 win in a free-scoring game with both teams hitting 48 percent.
Through the final five minutes of the game, it was a one-point game three times, with visiting GSU having multiple chances to take the lead back. But, the Panthers couldn't convert, including one costly 30-second shot clock violation.
GSU's Cody Paulk was solid with 13 points (6-of-8), 10 rebounds and a personal-best tying 6 blocked shots. She now holds the school season record with 72 and becomes the 7th player in CAA history with 200 blocks (205 now to move into 6th place all-time).
Three other Panthers scored in double figures with 11 points each from Ashley Watson and Kendra Long, plus 10 from Ashlee Cole.
William & Mary, a good 3-point shooting team, cashed in 8-of-19 tonight. The CAA leaders in steals (10.7 per game) made 11 thefts of the Panthers.
Janine Aldrige became the 5th player in CAA history to make 300 3-pointers with 3 more tonight as part of her game-high 19 points to go with six steals. Kyla Kerstettler came off the bench to add 17 points.
Both teams shot well from the free throw line as well, the Tribe hitting 11-of-12 for 92% and GSU 13-of-16 for 81%.
During the see-saw affair with the 10 lead changes, the Tribe had opened the largest lead of the game at 10 points (40-30 on the first basket of the second half). But, GSU came charging quickly back with an 11-2 run to set up the battle to the wire.
"We did a lot of good things, came back when we got down and played hard, but he had too many turnovers to win a ball game," head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener said. "This is a tough game to lose, but it is tough to win on the road if you make mistakes."
Georgia State held a 37-30 rebound advantage, including 15 offensive rebounds. GSU forced 17 William & Mary turnovers and made nine steals.
GSU moves on to play their fourth game in eight days when they host 19-7 Drexel on Thursday at the GSU Sports Arena.
- With Tiffany Anderson out for the season with her injury, Maryam Dogo stepped into the starting line-up and responded with nine points and five rebounds in 21 minutes.
- Kendra Long, who leads the team in steals with 56, added a team-best five tonight.
- Ashley Watson was again a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line to up her season percentage to 86.8% as she closes in on the school record of 87.4%. She is now 66-for-76 on the season.
- All 10 Panthers on the roster have logged 290 or more minutes this year and all have scored 60 or more points.