What you need to know:

* Georgia State improved to 11-15 (7-8 SBC) with a 64-59 win over second-place UT Arlington on Saturday.

* Jada Lewis led all scorers with 21 points to match her season high and Makeba Ponder added 20 points to pace the Panthers.

* Georgia State plays its final two road games next week at Little Rock and Arkansas State.


ATLANTA - Behind nine 3-pointers, Georgia State defeated UT Arlington 64-59 on Saturday. Jada Lewis dropped 21 points and Makeba Ponder added 20 to help GSU beat the second-place Mavericks.

Entering Saturday’s action, the Mavericks were two games out of first place while the Panthers sat in seventh. Georgia State took a one-point edge into the second quarter before going off from long range. In the second period, Georgia State outscored the Mavericks 20-8 thanks in part to nine points from Ponder.

UT Arlington narrowed the gap with a big third quarter, but Georgia State held off a furious comeback attempt in the final minutes to secure the win. UTA was held to 36% shooting from the field on Saturday while Georgia State shot right at 50% including a 9-for-17 mark from 3-point land.

Leading by as much as 12 points with under five minutes remaining, the Panthers saw their lead dwindle down to three with 12 seconds to go, but GSU clamped down to hold on.

Around 25 alumni from previous Georgia State women’s basketball teams were honored during the game Saturday. Honorees included players from Georgia State’s three NCAA Tournament games as well as Terese Allen, GSU’s all-time leading scorer.

Next up for Georgia State is a trip to Arkansas to take on Arkansas State on Thursday and Little Rock on Saturday.

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