AMERICUS, Ga. -- The Georgia Southwestern State University women's basketball team defeated No. 8 Valdosta State 62-54 in front of 612 at the Storm Dome in the Lady Canes season-opener Tuesday.
How It Happened: GSW shot 69.2 percent from the field (9-of-13) to outscore the Lady Blazers 23-12 in the fourth quarter, erasing a two-point deficit heading into the final frame.
The Lady Canes (1-0) were able to spread the scoring around, led by senior guard Shanya Jones with 12 points, three assists and two steals. Sophomore transfer Mariya Trimble added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Gabby Figgers, Brittany Grant and Tyisha Moore scored nine points apiece.
GSW held the Lady Blazers to 34 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-53) while forcing them into committing 13 turnovers on the night.
Forward Madi Mitchell led 2017 Gulf South Conference Tournament Champion Valdosta State (2-1) with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Kenya Samone' Dixon with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Trailing by nine points at the end of the first quarter and by 13 with 6:22 left in the third, the Lady Canes went on a 34-13 run the rest of the way. A layup from Shanya Jones with 7:43 left in the game gave GSW its first lead of the night at 46-45, one they wouldn't give back. Jones and Brittany Grant each knocked down two from the line in the final minute to secure the win and open the season with a victory over the nationally ranked Lady Blazers.
Who Stood Out: Mariya Trimble, a transfer from Chattahoochee Technical College came up big off the bench in her first regular season game. Trimble was 5-for-6 from the field, 2-of-2 at the line and was a force in the final quarter with timely rebounds and a steal.
Gabby Figgers was a bright spot from the three-point line for the Lady Canes. The senior guard shot 3-for-6 from deep while distributing six assists, grabbing two rebounds and recording a steal.
Up Next: The Lady Canes return to the Storm Dome Friday at 7 p.m. to face Albany State in the first of two games in the Peach Belt/SIAC Challenge.