ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia State hit a season-high nine three-pointers en route to a 66-44 victory over the Towson University women's basketball team on Thursday night. Junior guard Tanisha McTiller led the Tigers with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Georgia State (12-11, 4-7 CAA) opened the game by scoring seven of the game's first 10 points. The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to take an 11-7 lead with 10:30 to play in the half. However, freshman guard Dominique Johnson's basket at 10:30 was the last point scored by a Tiger until senior forward Michelle Peebles hit one-of-two from the foul line at 4:54. During that stretch the Panthers scored 13 straight points, including three three-pointers from Kendra Long, and took a 20-11 lead. Georgia State hit three more triples to close out the half; including two from Long to take a 33-18 lead at the intermission.
Georgia State shot 35.3% from the field in the first half and was 7-for-12 from three-point range. Towson shot 26.1% from the field. The Tigers held a 21-20 advantage in the rebounding battle, behind five boards from McTiller.
The Panthers scored 21 of the first 28 points in the second half to take a 54-25 lead with 10:34 to play. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes as McTiller scored on a lay-up with 5:48 to play to make it a 59-33 game. Morgan Jackson made a pair of free throws at 4:12 to give the Panthers a 63-33 lead. That was the largest lead of the night for the home team. The Tigers (7-16, 1-11 CAA) closed the game on an 11-3 run, which made the final score 66-44. McTiller had seven of the Tigers' points during that stretch.
Georgia State shot 54.5% from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 42.9%. Towson shot 32.1% from the field in the second 20 minutes and finished the game shooting 29.4%. Georgia State won the rebounding battle in the game, 42-34.
McTiller led the Tigers with 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half. She added seven rebounds and three steals. Johnson finished with 11 points and a season-high six steals. Redshirt junior forward Nyree Williams tied McTiller for the team lead in rebounding with seven.
Long finished with 20 points and four assists to lead Georgia State.
The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 when they travel to George Mason. That game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic + at 5 p.m.