In his first year on Decatur Street, Coach Gene Hill has instilled a competitive spirit and winning tenacity that is proving itself with results on and off the court. The Georgia State Women’s Basketball Team had a successful start to the 2018/19 campaign accruing a winning record in non-conference play going an impressive 4-1 at the GSU Sports Arena. An overall record of 6-5 entering conference play is one of the best starts in recent years, and the Panthers are looking to build on that momentum as they enter SunBelt competition.
Led by a veteran group of seniors that includes guards Kierra Henry and Janessa Murphy as well as graduate transfers Allison Johnson and Walnatia Wright providing solid post play, the Panthers are a balanced group capable of controlling the game through efficient play at both ends of the floor. Veteran leadership alongside talented underclassman, such as redshirt sophomore and 2016/17 SunBelt Freshman of the Year Jada Lewis, have given the Panthers a solid foundation for success this season and beyond, and Coach Hill is excited about the early season effort as well as the potential that the team continues to work towards. Be sure and catch the Panthers at the Sports Arena during 2019 conference play and follow the team on the road by using the recently updated GSU Sports Mobile App.
Thurs, Feb. 7th 6:00 PM vs. UL Monroe
There is much to celebrate about the 1990’s- everything from classic TV sitcoms to the boom of personal computers and who could forget the explosion of music supergroups like N’SYNC and Destiny’s Child. Be sure and join the Lady Panthers at The Sports Arena to celebrate all that the 90’s had to offer while enjoying the modern day action on the court as well.
Sat, Feb, 9th 2:00 PM vs. Louisiana
Thurs, Feb. 21st 6:00 PM vs. Appalachian State
Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is our largest fundraiser and plays a major role in our success.
The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season, when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay. Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.
For the past nine years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Sat, Feb. 23rd 2:00 PM vs. Coastal Carolina
Sat, March 9th 2:00 PM vs. Georgia Southern
Show your appreciation for the careers of our senior Panthers by attending Senior Day at The GSU Sports Arena. There will be special pregame and halftime ceremonies celebrating the achievements of each senior Panther, so be sure and purchase your tickets to come cheer on these special student-athletes as their GSU careers conclude!
Directions and Parking
125 Decatur St. Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30303
— The Sports Arena provides a seating capacity of 3,854 fans for basketball and volleyball. Construction for the Sports Arena, located at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue in downtown Atlanta, began in 1972.
— The men’s basketball team played the first games in the arena in 1973. On Dec. 12, 2003, the playing surface was officially named Charles “Lefty” Driesell Court in honor of Georgia State’s former men’s basketball coach.
A ceremony honoring Driesell took place during halftime of the Panthers’ 88-56 victory over South Alabama.
— The first men’s basketball game played at the Sports Arena was on March 10, 1973, against Georgia Tech. Georgia State won 77-73.
— The first women’s basketball game was played in November 1975 vs. Troy. Georgia State won 79-49.
— The first volleyball match was played in September 1975 vs. Mercer of Atlanta.
— The venue has seen many upgrades over the years, including a new HD scoreboard in the summer of 2015 along with a new floor and new speakers in the summer of 2016.
Other entertainers to perform include Kendrick Lamar, Steve Harvey, Ludacris, Trey Songz, Gym Class Heroes, Tyler Perry, Alice Walker, Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Jamie Foxx, The Spinners, the Beastie Boys, Cheap Trick and the Harlem Globetrotters.
The Sports Arena also hosts such community activities as the commencement ceremonies for several area high schools, American Cancer Society Relay-for-Life, University Blood Drive, University Career Fairs, December Commencement Exercises and May Commencement Exercises for Georgia State.
For rental information, please contact the Assistant A.D. for Facilities and Operations Patrick Hatcher.