ATLANTA - Georgia State women's basketball will begin the 2019-20 Sun Belt campaign at home on Jan. 2 against Louisiana, the Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday.

Ahead of his second season at the helm of the Panthers, head coach Gene Hill looks to build upon his historic success in 2018-19.

The Panthers will head into the new season with a lot of newcomers but do return Jada Lewis and Allison Johnson. Lewis was second team All-Sun Belt last season while Johnson was third team and Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year.

"We hope to build off of last season's fourth-place finish, but to do that we will need a lot of new faces to step up and play big," Hill said. "This is a tough conference for freshmen to make an immediate impact in but we accept the challenge."

After Georgia State hosts Louisiana on Thursday, Jan. 2 to start conference play, the Panthers will then face ULM on Saturday in Atlanta before traveling to Arkansas State on Jan. 9 and Little Rock on Jan. 11. 

South Alabama and Troy will visit Atlanta on Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, respectively, before the Panthers face rival Georgia Southern for the first of two meetings. GSU will play in Statesboro on Jan. 25 and will host the Eagles at the Sports Arena to close out the regular season on March 7.

"Coming off a season where our conference RPI jumped from 21st to 12th in the nation, the strength from bottom to top has never been stronger," Hill said. "This is going to be a very exciting season in Sun Belt."

The upcoming conference season will also bring Arkansas State (Feb. 6), Little Rock (Feb. 8), Appalachian State (Feb. 20), and Coastal Carolina (Feb. 22) to the Sports Arena.

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