Georgia State women lose tough one

NEWARK, Del.  – With 1.3 seconds left to play, Georgia State had the ball, an open lane and a lay-up to tie. If only the ball had dropped through the basket, everything would have gone as intended.

Instead, Shay Rawls' shot bounced off the rim, and the Panthers were forced to foul and give up another point, and they were saddled with a 68-65 loss to Delaware Sunday before a crowd of 3,606 in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Thus marred an otherwise encouraging effort for Georgia State (13-11, 4-9), which battled the taller Blue Hens (16-8, 8-5) throughout. Danyiell McKeller topped the Panthers with 23 points and added eight rebounds. Rawls scored a personal-best 17 points and topped her team with 10 rebounds. Traci Haltiwanger chipped in 15 points. Delaware's Elena Delle Donne scored a game-high 35 points, hitting 15 of 22 shots.

“It was a great play after our final timeout, but it just didn’t drop today,” Coach Lea Henry said. “Crystal Johnson penetrated, made a good decision and a good pass, but it didn’t drop for Shay (Rawls). And, Shay had played so well today and all her previous good plays today had us in position for that final play."

GSU next hosts  first-place Old Dominion on Thursday at 6 p.m.