Trojan women drop heartbreaker to Georgia State

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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The Troy Trojans women’s basketball team (3-8, 0-1) lost the Sun Belt Conference opener at home on New Year’s Eve to the Georgia State Panthers (7-4, 1-0) by a score of 90-89 in overtime.

With Troy leading 89-87 – after a Shaulana Wagner free throw with just four seconds remaining – Georgia State’s Mya Williams drilled a three-pointer as time expired to give the Panthers the win.

The two sides battled back-and-forth in the fourth quarter exchanging leads five times in the final period. Troy’s Makaya Hallmon knocked down a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to give the Trojans a 80-77 lead but Mikyla Tolivert of GSU hit a three-pointer with just nine seconds left to send the game into overtime.

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Troy shot 36.4 percent from the field in the loss, while Georgia State shot 40.2 percent. The Trojans won the rebound battle 60-52 and forced 17 turnovers with 18 points off turnovers.

Ja’Mia Hollings earned a double-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Tai’Sheka Porchia also earned a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Makayia Hallmon scored 15 points and Leilani Guion added 11 points and three steals.

Troy is back on the road on Jan. 4 for a conference showdown with Georgia Southern.