Gainesville, Fla. - Florida pulled away from a scrappy Georgia State team to post an 84-65 win Sunday afternoon.
Visiting GSU (1-1) won the rebound battle, 49-45, got off more shots, 73-69, but shot just 33 percent from the field in one of the big differences. Host Florida shot 44 percent and got to the free throw line 25 times, making 17, while GSU got to the line just 14 times and made 12. GSU forced 23 Florida turnovers, made eight steals and blocked three shots.
Kayla Nolan led GSU with 13 points, while Kendra Long netted 11 points, despite making just 5-of-18 shots. Cody Paulk led with 12 rebounds and also added nine points.
Florida (2-0) got 19 points from All-SEC forward Jennifer George in her first game of the season, while guard Jaterra Bonds added 17 more points.
Georgia State trailed 37-25 at halftime, with Florida breaking from a 10-10 tie at 12:06 to a 25-12 advantage at 7:07 with a 15-2 run. GSU attempted 41 shots to the Gators' 29, but made just 11 for a 26.8 shooting percentage. Hustling GSU held a 30-20 rebound first half rebound advantage.
"I think we rushed our shots a little today because we had a lot of open looks we should have made," Coach Baldwin-Tener said.
"I was pleased with the effort in the first half, but I think we looked a little ragged in the sescond half," she continued. "We did a pretty good job of rebounding, but we could have done even better, even though we had the advantage for the game."
"Obviously, our defense wasn't as good as it needs to be and they had lots of sneak out baskets when they got a long pass and easy lay-up."
"It was a good road trip to be coming home at 1-1 and now we hope to get back in a winning groove with a stretch of home games."
GSU returns to Atlanta for the home opener on Wednes"day night vs. Jacksonville State.