Troy women extend win streak to seven games, send seniors out on high note

Published 7:47 pm Monday, March 2, 2015

The Troy women’s basketball team has outdone itself again.

Saturday on senior night in Troy, the Trojans defeated Georgia State 88-75, winning their seventh-straight game, a first for the team since the 1992-93 basketball season.

With the win, Troy (19-9, 14-5) surpassed its previous season-best six game winning streak in January and secured its spot at third place in the Sun Belt Conference.

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Five Troy players finished in double-digits, led by senior Ronita Garrett who recorded her 20th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Aissata Maiga, another senior, also chipped in with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

Troy’s opportunistic defense asserted its presence early and often in the game, forcing Georgia State (12-15, 7-11) into 26 turnovers, which the Trojans offense converted into 40 points.

As a team, Troy recorded 19 steals, led individually by Caitlyn Ramirez, Garrett and Coleman with four steals each.

With just five minutes passed in the game, Troy took an early and commanding 15-3 lead over the Panthers.

In that time, the Trojans held Georgia State to just 1-of-4 shooting from the field and five turnovers.

At halftime, Troy’s offensive and defensive dominance continued as the Trojans took a comfortable 43-25 lead into the locker rooms.

In the first half, Troy was only able to shoot 37 percent from the field, but held Georgia State to only 27 percent from the field.

Georgia State did its best to rebound and wrestle the lead back in the second half, but could never cut Troy’s lead to less than 12 points despite shooting lights out in the final 20 minutes at 63 percent from the field.

Towards the end of the half, Troy orchestrated one final run to put the game away, a 12-4 advantage over Georgia State capped by a Rachel Reid layup.

“Tonight we wanted to send the seniors out with a win,” Troy head coach Chanda Rigby said.  “We also wanted to play a lot of people and begin to prepare to be our best down the stretch.  Those goals were met so it was a successful night.”

Georgia State was led in scoring by Makeba Ponder, who totaled a game-high 23 points.