Panthers to Host Rival Eagles on Senior Day Saturday
Georgia State Sports Communications
Game 29: GEORGIA STATE (16-12, 10-7 SBC) vs. GEORGIA SOUTHERN (7-21, 2-15 SBC)
March 9, 2 p.m. ET • GSU Sports Arena • Atlanta, Ga.
TV: ESPN+ • Radio: 94.1 WSTR-HD2/GeorgiaStateSports.com
• Georgia State closes out the regular season Saturday against rival Georgia Southern. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena.
• Georgia State will honor its seven seniors during a pregame ceremony.
• Sun Belt Coach of the Year candidate Gene Hill has turned around the GSU program in his first season. After going 8-22 (4-14 Sun Belt) a year ago, the Panthers have already clinched their first winning season since the team went 15-14 in 2009-10.
• GSU’s 10 wins in the Sun Belt this year are most for the Panthers since joining the league for the 2013-14 season. It’s the most conference wins for GSU since 2004-05.
• GSU’s 16 wins is the most in a season since the Panthers were 16-14 in 2004-05. The last time GSU reached 17 wins was 2003-04.
• Georgia State is two wins away from 600 all-time program victories.
• With a win, Georgia State secures the No. 4 seed and a bye at next week’s Sun Belt Conference Championship in New Orleans. The Panthers were picked to finish tied for 10th in the preseason poll.
• Walnatia Wright’s 8.4 rebounds per game is fifth best in the SBC.
• Shaq Miller-McCray is second in the conference with 1.6 blocked shots per contest. Jada Lewis leads the SBC in minutes per game at 35.7 She’s 10th in the Sun Belt in steals. K.K. Williams ranks eighth in steals.
• Head coach Gene Hill got his first win at Georgia State in the season opener against UNCG. The Panthers won 70-63 to begin the Hill era. He is the 10th head coach in program history.
• Gene Hill was the first women’s basketball coach to start their GSU tenure 3-0 since Joyce Patterson in the 1980-81 season.
• Gene Hill’s 16 wins in his first season are the most for a GSU coach in their first full season since Richard Keast won 16 games in 1984-85. Joyce Patterson won 28 games in her first year as co-head coach during the 1980-81 season.