ATLANTA, Ga. – The Troy women’s basketball team opens Sun Belt play on Wednesday afternoon when the Trojans visit Georgia State. Tipoff at the GSU Sports Arena is set for 1 p.m. CT on New Year’s Day.
Live stats and live video will be available through GeorgiaStateSports.com. The game can be heard on WTBF 94.7 FM in Troy and online at TroyTrojans.com for FREE. For live, in-game updates fans can follow @TroyWomensBBall on Twitter.
Troy (4-7, 0-0) is coming off of a 93-84 loss at Savannah State on Sunday. The Trojans trailed by as many as 16 in the second half, but cut the deficit down to four with three minutes to go. However, the Trojans wouldn’t get any closer as Savannah State closed out the game at the free throw line.
Joanna Harden led all scorers with 27 points while Ronita Garrett added 21 points and 19 rebounds. Garrett’s 19 boards tied a Troy Division I era (1993-present), single-game record and are the most rebounds recorded by a Sun Belt player this season.
Harden is now averaging 25.0 points per game, the fifth best mark in the nation and tops in the Sun Belt. She has scored 20-plus in eight of Troy’s 11 games and leads an offense that averages 85.0 points per game.
The Trojans have the nation’s 10th ranked scored offense and lead the Sun Belt by 12.5 points over second-place WKU (72.5 ppg). Troy also leads the Sun Belt in rebounding (46.2 rpg), blocks (4.7 bpg) and steals (10.7 spg).
Georgia State (4-8, 0-0) is playing it’s first post-Christmas break game and its first home game in exactly a month. The Panthers dropped two games on a West Coast trip before the break and last played at home on December 1 in a 70-58 loss to No. 22 Georgia.
The Panthers are led offensively by Kendra Long who averages a team-best 13.5 points per game and Alisha Andrews who averages a Sun Belt-best 4.7 assists per game.
Wednesday’s game renews a rivalry that took shape from 1997 to 2004 when Troy and Georgia State were both members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Troy is 5-21 all-time against the Panthers, including a 3-16 mark over their time as A-Sun members. Troy is 1-11 all-time in Atlanta with the lone win coming in 2003-04.
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