STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia State’s women’s basketball team defeated rival Georgia Southern for the fifth straight time Saturday with a 66-58 victory at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Panthers led by 15 points in the third quarter, but the Eagles battled all the way back to take a 54-53 lead with 4:49 left in the game. GSU used back-to-back 3-pointers by Janessa Murphy to jump back in front.

GSU ended the game on a 14-4 run to secure the victory.

Madison Newby scored 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting to lead the Panthers offense. Newby, the Sun Belt’s top free throw shooter, made 8-of-12 from the stripe as well.

Janessa Murphy just narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds. Murphy hit four 3-pointers in the game.

Francesca Minali also came close to a double-double with 12 rebounds and seven points.  

Georgia State shot 47% from the field and out-rebounded Georgia Southern 41-34.

With the win, the Panthers earn another point for GSU in the Rivalry Series, which Georgia State now leads 9.5-1.5 over the Eagles from Statesboro.

Georgia State is on the road again next week as the Panthers travel to Texas State and UT Arlington.