MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - With both the men's and women's programs winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division, Georgia College & State University is the only school in the 13-team league to host quarterfinals in both men's and women's action this week. The women (20-7) take to the court Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. against Georgia Southwestern State University (12-15), while the men (22-4) square off with Clayton State University (15-12) Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
The winners of these contests advance to the PBC final four, held in Aiken, S.C. at the USCA Convocation Center March 6-7. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The last time both the men's and women's teams at Georgia College hit the 20-win plateau in the same season was 1996-97.
The Bobcat women split the season series with GSW, both teams winning at home. The Bobcats got the 66-48 win Jan. 13, behind 16 points each from Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.). Reames tallied a double-double with 17 boards. In the loss at Americus, Ga. 73-61 Feb. 17, Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) had 25 points and nine boards as the only double-digit scorer.
The Bobcat men swept the season series with Clayton. GCSU clobbered the Lakers in Morrow, Ga. 69-50 Jan. 9, with Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) getting 18 points and six boards to lead four double-digit scorers. In the 74-67 home win Feb. 6, Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) had 18 points and eight assists, while Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) paced the Bobcats in scoring with 19 off the bench.
Tickets for either contest are available at the door, with the cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 13 and under. All PBC school students get free entry with valid school ID. This is officially a PBC event, so Bobcat season tickets and all other free passes are invalid other than student admission.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.