Women’s basketball defeats South Alabama for second straight conference win

Georgia State women’s basketball earned its second consecutive Sun Belt victory against the South Alabama Jaguars on the road by a final score of 84-78. The team’s record now stands at 10-12 on the season and 5-8 in the Sun Belt.

First Half

The game began with both teams trading the first six points over the first four minutes of play. Georgia State managed to grab a pair of offensive rebounds. Four consecutive points by Brittany Logan would give the Panthers a 10-6 lead.

With the score at 12-8 in the Panthers’ favor, a three-pointer from Ponder extended Georgia State’s early lead to 15-8.

The Panthers’ lead would later become 17-10. Ponder grabbed a foul against redshirt sophomore guard Grace Farnsworth, who made one of two free throws to cut the Jaguars’ deficit to 17-11. A three from Morgan Jackson expanded the Georgia State lead to 20-11.

Georgia State would assume leads of 22-13 and 25-16. Midway through the first half, sophomore guard Colby Davis was fouled and made a pair of free throws. This made the score 25-18 before Alisha Andrews’ three-pointer made it a 28-18 game in the Panthers’ favor.

With the score at 31-21, Ponder’s third three of the game extended the lead to 34-21.

The Panthers achieved a layup from Nichols and Ponder extended the lead to 39-32.

A successful free throw from Daniels along with four straight points from freshman center Chyna Ellis gave South Alabama two at 39-37.

Two-pointers from Andrews and Haley Gerrin made it a six points game with Georgia State in front, 43-37. A layup from Daniels with 13 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Jaguars 43-39 as the game reached halftime.

Second Half

Ashley Watson’s first two points of the game gave the Panthers a 45-39 lead before another three by Hall gave South Alabama made the score 45-42. Gaby Moss’ first two points of the game made it 47-42.

Georgia State’s advantage would become 49-44. After one made free throw by Daniels off a foul by Gerrin, the Panthers’ lead became 55-45 with four more points by Logan and two from Nichols.

Midway through the second half, the score became 59-50 before another three by Daniels increased her point total to 27 as the Jaguars closed within 59-53.

Georgia State had a lead of 61-55 before a three from junior guard Rachel Cumbo and a two-pointer by Hall cut the Jaguars’ deficit down to one at 61-60.

Ellis would later make one of two from the free throw line after a foul by Gerrin briging South Alabama within 72-61.

Georgia State would maintain its eleven-point advantage with leads of 74-63 and 76-65 before a three from Hall increased her point output to 13.

With 2:45 remaining in the game, a turnover by Nichols led to Daniels increasing her point output to 35 as the Jaguars closed 76-70. This would be followed by a foul on Daniels against Ponder, who made one of two from the line to give Georgia State a 77-70 advantage

The Panthers would maintain its seven-point lead at 79-72 and 80-73. It would also be the case with thirteen seconds left as Georgia State led by a score of 82-75.

With eight seconds remaining, Hall fouled Andrews who made a pair of free throws making the score 84-75. Cumbo ended the game with a three bringing the final score to 84-78, with Georgia State prevailing.

The Panthers return to the court on Saturday as they hit the road facing Texas State at 3:00 p.m.

Final Stats
Georgia State South Alabama
Ponder: 19 points, 5-10 three pointers Logan: 16 points, eight rebounds
Daniels: 37 points, 13-18 shooting Hall: 13 points
About Akiem Bailum 285 Articles
Akiem Bailum - Sports Editor Fall 2014 - Spring 2015. Journalism major with a concentration in telecommunications. Class of 2015. Before becoming sports editor at The Signal, Akiem began his writing career at Georgia State in 2012. After a brief absence, he returned to The Signal in 2014. Akiem has covered Georgia State sports events on site for football, volleyball, basketball and softball games. His advice for future sports writers is to cover more than major sports and to attend as many events in person as possible. When away from the court or the field, Akiem's interests include studying the radio industry.

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