Game 31: GEORGIA STATE (17-13, 11-7 SBC) vs. NORTH ALABAMA (19-8, 10-6 A-SUN)
March 21, 7 p.m. ET • Flowers Hall • Florence, Ala.
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• Georgia State will face North Alabama in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Thursday in Florence, Ala. The game will be on ESPN+.
• This will be GSU’s first appearance in a postseason tournament since the Panthers went to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. A win Thursday would be the first postseason for the program in five tries.
• The Panthers trailed App State by as much as 10 points in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Championship last week. GSU rallied to tied the game in the final minute, but App State won on a buzzer-beater.
Jada Lewis was named All-Sun Belt Second Team after leading the Panthers in scoring this year. Allison Johnson was named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year and All-Sun Belt Third Team. Johnson led GSU in scoring during conference play.
Gene Hill has turned around the GSU program in his first season as head coach. GSU’s 11 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 won seven more conference games this year than last. Only four teams in D-I had a better win improvement in conference play this season.
• GSU’s 17 wins is the most in a season since 2003-04.
• Georgia State is one away from 600 all-time program victories.
• The Panthers were picked to finish tied for 10th in the preseason poll. GSU finished fourth and claimed their highest seed in the SBC Tournament since joining the league in 2013-14.
• GSU tied a school record with 12 3-pointers in the win over rival Georgia Southern. The team set a new GSU single-season record for most 3-pointers made with 177. The previous mark was 168 set back in 2001-02.
Gene Hill’s 17 wins in his first season are the most for a GSU coach in their first full season since Joyce Patterson won 28 games in her first year as co-head coach during the 1980-81 season.
Jada Lewis needs five points to each 800 for her career. Kierra Henry reached the mark Thursday against Appalachian State.