By Carey Phillips

 

Georgia State built a lead in the first half Sunday and cruised to a 74-61 non-conference women’s basketball win over Western Carolina at the GSU Sports Arena.

Taylor Hosendove had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Panthers. Tehya Lyons added 10 points.

Kyla Allison poured in 24 points for the Lady Cats (1-6). Zanoria Cruz followed with 16, and Lauren LaPlant had 11.

GSU led from the first basket and was up 8-2 when Hannah Sadler made one of two foul shots at the 6:34 mark.

The margin was 16-11 at the quarter break.

Joelle Johnson’s jumper just before time expired gave the Lady Panthers a 34-22 halftime lead.

They were on top 53-40 when Lyons scored to beat the buzzer in the third period.

The biggest lead was 58-42 when Johnson converted a three-point play with 6:45 on the clock.

GSU shot 50 percent from the floor, and Western made 37.5 percent of its attempts.

Led by Nadia Marshall with 14, the Lady Cats held a 36-31 rebounding edge.

Completing the WCU scoring were Tembre Moates with six and Marshall with four.