ATLANTA (Feb. 24) - Georgia State had four players in double figures, including senior Cody Paulk, in a 67-51 Senior Day win over George Mason at the GSU Sports Arena.
Georgia State forced 22 turnovers, made 9 steals and scored 26 points off of turnovers to energize the winning effort today.
In a game that included 10 ties in the first half, GSU broke from a 30-30 tie to go into halftime with a 38-32 lead on a rainbow 25-footer from Kendra Long. To start the second half, GSU struck with a quick 10-2 burst to open a 48-34 advantage with just under 14 minutes to play.
Georgia State (13-13, 5-10) had multiple leaders in the win. The lone senior who played, Cody Paulk, had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks. The blocks up her season total to 66, one shy of the school season record, and her career total to 199, meaning her next one makes her only the 7th player in CAA history to record 200 blocks. The team's other senior, Tiffany Anderson, injured her knee in Thursday's game and will not return for the final three games.
Junior guard Kendra Long added 15 points, including 4-of-7 outside the arc. Those four upped her career total to 157, breaking the old career mark of 154 3-point baskets of Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen (2003-07).
Sophomore guard Kayla Nolan, moved out of the starting line-up today, responded by coming off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 5-10 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws.
Sophomore guard Ashley Watson had a career-best 8 assists to go with 10 points to be the fourth Panther in double figures.
George Mason (8-18, 3-12) got 14 points and nine rebounds from Amber Easter, while Janaa Pickard led with 13 rebounds to go with eight points.
"This was what you would simply call a good team win, since so many players did so many things to help get the win," Coach Baldwin-Tener said. "We did a much better defensive job and that was the biggest key. Cody had another good game and a great senior day. Kayla took better shots and was smarter and aggressive. Kendra was hitting some big shots at big times. Ashley was distributing the ball great today."
GSU improves to 10-6 at home this season. The 82% free throw shooting marked a four time in the last five games the team shot better than 80% from the line.
Georgia State is in the middle of a four games in eight days stretch now. So, they leave tommorow for a Tuesday game at William & Mary and return to Atlanta Wednesday for a Thursday home finale with Drexel.