ATLANTA (Feb. 14) – Georgia State made a season-high nine 3-point baskets in rolling to a 66-44 win over Towson Thursday evening at the GSU Sports Arena.
The Panthers (12-11, 4-7 CAA) were led by junior guard Kendra Long’s 20 points on a personal-best 6-of-10 from outside the 3-point arc. Cody Paulk added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Kayla Nolan also added 11 points.
GSU shot 52.9% outside the 3-point arc, making 9-of-17 shots.
GSU’s defense held a ninth opponent to under 50 points by limiting Towson to 29.4% shooting and just 1-of-14 outside the 3-point arc.
Towson (7-17, 1-11) got 17 points from guard Tanisha McTiller and 11 points from Dominque Johnson.
The Panthers were trailing 11-7 with 10:30 in the first half when they caught fire and outscored the Tigers 26-7 in those next 10:30 with Long making five 3-pointers in that run that led to a 33-18 halftime lead.
In the first four minutes of the second half, GSU began with a 10-5 start to make it a 20-point lead at 43-23 and the game was never in doubt. GSU built a 30-point lead at 4:12 as all 10 Panthers had a rebound tonight, nine of the 10 scored, eight of the 10 had an assist.
"This was a complete team win because all 10 players did things to help us win," Coach Sharon Baldwi-Tener said. "We competed to win tonight and worked together as a team on both ends of the court. We had more assists than turnovers and usually if you do that, you win the ball game."
"Kendra was on fire in the first half and some of the extra shooting we have been doing may have paid off a little for us," Baldwin-Tener continued. "The players were doing what we asked of them and responded with energy and effort to get a complete win and get us back above .500 again."
GSU had 18 assists and 17 turnovers for that +1 stat and also held a 42-34 rebound advantage over Towson.
Kendra Long had a great two-game series with Towson this year, scoring 23 points in the win at Towson and 20 tonight. She scored her 20 points in 29 minutes tonight as the reserves got plenty of action.
Long upped her career 3-point total to 149 made as she closes in on the school record of 154 for a career.
Sophomore forward Maryam Dogo came off the bench to pull down a game-high 9 rebounds, while scoring 5 points in her 20 minutes.
GSU finished their homestand with two wins in the three games and heads back on the road Sunday for a contest at UNCW in Wilmington, N.C. with tip at 1 p.m.
- GSU has led at halftime in 14 of its 23 games. They've outscored opponents 694-613 in first halves.
- GSU was No. 34 in the NCAA in 3-point defense (26.8%) and will rise after holding Towson of 7.1% on 1-of-14.
- GSU was No. 58 in the NCAA in overall field goal defense (36.3%) and will rise after holding Towson to 29.4%. Towson was an 11th opponent GSU has limited to under 33% shooting.
- GSU improved to 9-6 at home this year with two home games left.
- Cody Paulk had another blocked shot, upping her season total to 59. She needs 8 to tie the season school record of 67 of Marcquitta Head. It was her 192nd career, leaving her 8 shy of becoming the 7th player in CAA history to block 200 shots.
- Ashley Watson was 2-for-2 at the free throw line to up her season percentage to 84.6% (55-of-65). She's hit 24-of-28 in her four games since coming back from her leg injury. She was No. 3 in the CAA and No. 46 in the NCAA.
- Kendra Long upped her career point total to 795, needing 5 to cruise past the 800-point milestone.
- Tonight's game was Long's 15th double-figure game of the season and 39th career double-figure game.
- Kayla Nolan leads the team with 16 double-figure games on the season after her 11 points tonight.
- All 10 players logged 12 or more minutes in last night's game and have played more than 248 minutes on the season.