by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (2-0) got the job done from the charity stripe, hitting 33-of-43 tries for 77 percent en route to a 79-67 win over Tougaloo College at the Columbus State University Tip-Off Classic.
Despite being outscored in the second half 42-41 the Lady Bobcats were able to hold on and win opening the season 2-0 for the third-straight year. Georgia College pounced on the Lady Bulldogs with a 22-3 run to start the second half.
Junior guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had a game-high 18 points for Georgia College hitting 8-of-9 in free throws. Junior forward Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.)was also in double figures with 16 points to go with eight rebounds. Brantley stands as the only player to hit double-figure scoring in both games this season.
Junior Antoniette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) and senior Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) kept the Lady 'Cats in the rebound battle with 23 between the two of them. Bixler finished with 12 boards and eight points while Reames added 11 caroms with her eight points.
After a slow start the Lady ‘Cats led at the half 38-25. One of the highlights of the first frame was a rare four-point play by Huffin.
The bench continues to play a major role in the Bobcats' offense as they got 29 points from the reserves in the afternoon's match-up, compared to the Lady Bulldogs' 25. On the defensive side, Georgia College forced 18 turnovers and scored 27 points off those take-aways.
Kim Kern was the leading scorer from Tougaloo with 18 points, aided by 10 each from Tykeyah Sadler and Felicia Dixon, who had a near double-double with eight rebounds.
Field goals were hard to come by for both squads, as the Bobcats shot 31 percent (21-67) while Tougaloo hit 22-of-64 for 34 percent. The Lady Bobcats have gone 6-0 over the last three years at this tournament.
Be sure to catch the Lady Bobcats in their first home game Tuesday, Nov. 18 as they face Lenoir-Rhyne University at 7 p.m. at the Centennial Center. It will also be "Pack the House in Pink" Night as the Delta Zeta sorority will have multiple promotions and give-aways to increase breast cancer awareness.
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.