LAFAYETTE, La. - Jada Lewis scored 20 points to lead Georgia State, but the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns came away with the 57-54 win Thursday night at the Cajnudome in Lafayette, La.
Louisiana started the game on a 12-0 run, but Jada Lewis got the Panthers going with seven straight points of her own. Shots weren't falling for GSU in the first period, so the Panthers looked to the defensive end to find point. Lewis' first seven points all came off Louisiana turnovers.
Lewis caught fire from long range in the second quarter, sinking three 3-pointers in rapid succession. At halftime, Lewis would have 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including four 3-pointers, matching a career best for 3-pointers in a game.
Louisiana led by five at halftime, up 34-29.
Georgia State scored the first five points of the second half to pull even for the first time since tipoff. K.K. William's 3-pointer from the corner completed GSU's rally.
The Panthers kept things close for the remainder of the game, but the Ragin' Cajuns managed to never trail.
GSU made one last charge in the closing minutes to cut LA's lead to three with 9.8 seconds to go. With time running out, Kierra Henry was forced into a difficult 3-point attempt to force overtime, but the shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Georgia State falls to 7-7 on the season and 1-2 in the Sun Belt. Next up for GSU is ULM on Saturday in Monroe, La.