Georgia State Issues Women’s Hoops First Loss 70-56

Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Tonisha Baker (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

ATLANTA, GA.-Kendra Long led all scorers with 20 points and Georgia State converted 19 Campbell turnovers into 22 points as the Panthers topped the Lady Camels 70-56 Friday night in GSU Thanksgiving Classic play.

GSU moved to 1-2 on the season, while Campbell dipped to 4-1.

Long's 20 points came on 8-of-17 shooting with three field goals from distance, while Cody Paulk tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the win. Jerlisa Taylor added nine points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Junior forward Jazmine Cooper led the Lady Camels with 12 points and six rebounds, with junior guard Tonisha Baker tacking on her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.

Sophomore forward Roslyn Presley added nine points and three rebounds off the bench, while Kiera Gaines and Katelyn Bass totaled eight points apiece. Bass, a senior forward, registered a season-high 10 rebounds in the loss. Kate Cloxton added a team-high six assists for CU.

After Campbell took a 14-12 lead with 11:32 to go in the first, GSU reeled off a 12-3 run, taking a 24-17 lead on a Chan Harris basket.

The Lady Camels then answered back with an 11-4 spurt, knotting the game at 28-all on a pair of Kate Cloxton free throws. The Panthers, however, ended the half on a 5-0 run, all coming in the final 30 seconds for a 33-28 halftime lead.

Out of the break, GSU claimed an 11-5 run, taking a 44-33 advantage with 14:05 on the clock.

After a Gaines three cut the lead down to eight at the 9:43 mark, 51-43, the Panthers again extended their advantage to double digits with a Paulk jumper.

The Lady Camels trimmed the GSU lead down to 10 three times over the remainder of the contest. GSU led by as many as 15 in the stanza, extending to a 69-54 lead with 44 seconds to play.

The Lady Camels will continue play in the GSU Thanksgiving Classic tomorrow, facing Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m.