ATLANTA, Ga. - Despite erasing a 16-point second half deficit, the William and Mary women's basketball team fell at Georgia State, 57-52, on Thursday night at the GSU Sports Arena. After the Panther's opened up a 41-25 advantage in the second stanza, W&M answered with a run of its own as it took a 47-45 lead with 5:37 left to play. However, GSU scored the next eight points as it went on for the five-point victory. The setback drops the Tribe to 5-16 overall and 3-7 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Georgia State improves to 11-10 on the season and 3-7 in league action.
Senior Emily Correal paced the Green and Gold with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Kyla Kerstetter rounded out the double-figure scoring with 12 points. Senior Jaclyn McKenna ripped down a game-high nine rebounds to go along with four points, while senior Janine Aldridge and sophomore Jazmen Boone finished the night with eight and six points, respectively.
Georgia State jumped out to an early advantage as Miranda Smith's jumper at the 15:33 mark gave the Panthers a 13-8 lead. The Green and Gold tied the affair at 15 apiece after Correal drained a jumper at the 11:32 juncture.
With 6:44 remaining in the half, the GSU lead grew to six, 26-20, after a pair of Cody Paulk free-throws. However, W&M cut the deficit in half, 26-23, after Aldridge's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. As the half came to a close, Correal's jumper with 10 seconds remaining gave W&M the momentum as it got to within 28-25 at intermission.
In second half action, Georgia State extended its lead to 41-25 with 15:14 left to play after a Kayla Nolan foul shot. Not to be outdone, the Green and Gold countered with a 19-4 run as Kerstetter's trifecta got W&M to within 45-44 with 6:18 remaining. Correal ignited the spurt with a lay up at the 14:03 mark, while Boone and Aldridge netted buckets during the stretch.
After a defensive stop, Kerstetter drained another trey as the Tribe took its first lead of the night, 47-45, with 5:37 left in regulation. After scoring the next eight points, GSU regained and extended its advantage to 53-47 at the 3:34 mark.
Once again, the Green and Gold responded, as Correal's lay up at the 1:13 juncture got the Tribe to within a possession, 55-52. Down three and needing a defensive stop, W&M forced Georgia State into a shot clock violation with just 12 seconds left in regulation. Needing a 3-pointer to tie, Aldridge got off a clean look but the tying attempt just missed as the Panthers secured the victory with two ensuing free-throws.
Kayla Nolan led Georgia State with 17 points and six rebounds, while Kendra Long chipped in with 11 points and six boards. GSU finished the contest shooting 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the floor and just 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from 3-point territory.
W&M returns to action at George Mason on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tip-off at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., is slated for 2 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.