HICKORY, N.C. - With 13 days off since falling to Lenoir-Rhyne University (5-1) at home Nov. 18, Georgia College & State University women's basketball (2-2) had revenge on its mind tonight (Dec. 1) but couldn't down the Bears, falling in a 67-59 battle.
The game featured 11 lead changes and nine ties. The Bobcats cut the lead to two with 1:40 left, but Lenoir-Rhyne answered with a 10-4 run to close out the game, including 8-of-10 from the free-throw line over that stretch.
Junior point guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) led three Bobcats in double-digit scoring with 13 points, aided by 10 apiece from senior Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) and junior Daniela Nopuente (Daly City, Calif.).
Moore added six assists and five boards for a balanced night, while Brantley's 10 points keeps her streak of double-digit scoring for all four games this season.
The Bobcats shot poorly, hitting 36 percent (24-66) from the floor, including 6-of-22 from behind the arc. LRU responded with an impressive 20-of-26 from the free-throw line, also winning the battle in paint scoring 32-18.
Amber Holt had a double-double for the Bears with 14 points and 10 boards, while reserve Jacquelyn Kremer led all scorers with 16. Cameron Sealey added 10 points to the cause.
In a close-knit affair, neither team held a double-digit advantage for the entire contest. The final difference of eight matched the game's widest margin. Lenoir-Rhyne now owns a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Bobcats, including wins in the last two.
The Bobcats are off for 14 days, returning to action Monday, Dec. 15 to kick off Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play at Augusta State University (1-2). The Lady Jaguars will have games at Newberry College and Paine College before hosting the Bobcats.
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