by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MACON, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team could not have gotten a rebound at a better time. Finding themselves down by one point with less than 20 seconds to go, junior Antoinette Reames(Orlando, Fla.) snagged a board and put the ball through the basket to put the Bobcats up on Division I Mercer University 72-71. Reames finished with six points in the exhibition game.
Down by 21 points with just over 13 minutes left in the second half, the Lady Bobcats responded with a 22-3 run capped by a Mandi Dudish(Snellville, Ga.) three-pointer to make it 65-63 Mercer.
Senior Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) led the Lady ‘Cats with 13 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Dudish came off the bench and nailed four three-pointers to give her 12 points on the night.
Junior Daniela Nopuente (Daly City, Calif.) also came off the bench and gave Georgia College an additional 10 points. Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was two assists away from having a double-double as she finished with eight assists and 12 points.
Despite being outrebounded in the first half by 18, Georgia College found themselves down by only eight points at halftime. Mercer shot .500 (15-30) from the floor to Georgia College's .364 (12-33) in the first half as they were up 46-38.
However, free throws and three-pointers kept the Bobcats in the game as they shot .720 (18-25) from the charity stripe and .333 (8-24) from behind the arc.
The GCSU Department of Athletics 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. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.