ATLANTA - The women’s teams from Georgia State and Georgia will meet in the championship game of the Georgia State Invitational after each picked up semifinal victories Friday.
Host Georgia State nipped Jacksonville State 65-63 in the first game of the day. The Panthers trailed by as many as six points in the second half at 49-43 on a lay up by Destiny James, which capped a 9-0 Jacksonville State run at the 7:48 mark.
Georgia State (2-5) tied the game on a 3-pointer by Kendra Long at the four-minute mark, and the Panthers took the lead for good at 62-58 on consecutive three-point plays by Hayley Gerrin (game-high 23 points), the last of which came with 33 seconds to play.
Candace Morton, who led the Gamecocks with 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 62-61 before Alisha Andrews’ free throws made it a 64-61 game. Morton had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds to play after she was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, but the junior guard hit just 2-of-3 from the line.
In the second semifinal of the day, Georgia rolled to an 80-60 victory over George Washington, thanks to 19 bench points from Tiaria Griffin.
The Bulldogs, who are 7-0 coming into today’s final, also got 14 points from Khaalidah Miller No George Washington player reached double figures in scoring, though Hannah Schaible led the way with nine points.
The in-state rivals will play at 2:30 p.m., which follows the Jacksonville State-George Washington consolation game (12:30 p.m. tip time).
Georgia has won 15 consecutive times against Georgia State and leads the all-time series 16-10.