January 3, 2009

Bobcat Women Douse Blazers, 75-65

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Sophomore guard Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) scorched the Centennial Center nets for 21 points, 18 of which in the first half, as Georgia College & State University women's basketball (5-3) extended its win streak to three games with a 75-65 victory over Valdosta State University (9-4).

Dudish hit seven threes, tying the school record for single-game bombs done most recently by Latia Love (2003-05) Jan. 17, 2004 against UNC Pembroke. The 5-foot-9 sophomore also set a career mark in blocks with four. The 12 team treys came one short of the school mark, shooting 71 percent (12-17) from behind the arc.

Senior Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) struggled out of the gates with just four first half points, but finished with an 11-point, seven-rebound effort. She remains the lone Bobcat to score in double figures each game this season, and eclipsed the 600 career point mark in the second half.

Sophomore sharpshooter Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) came off the pine for two bombs to finish with 13 points. Junior point guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had nine assists with classmate Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) adding 11 points.

The second stanza would be unkind to GCSU, as a once 16-point lead was cut to two with 8:39 remaining on a Tamika Booker layup. The Bobcats nearly doubled VSU's scoring for the rest of the contest, thanks in large part to three-point plays on three consecutive possessions. Old-fashioned three-point plays by Brantley and Reames bookended a long-range shot from Huffin starting at the 3:43 mark.

In a defensive-minded contest the Bobcats held VSU to just 33 percent shooting, allowing nine field goals in the first half and 21 total. The Blazers stayed in the game with 16 offensive rebounds to GCSU's four. The Bobcats shot 55 percent (26-47). The win trims VSU's lead in the all-time series to 14-11.

Booker had a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double for VSU, with guard Leschelle Matthews adding 15 of her own including 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Guard Sczeny Hartry added 12 points.

The Bobcats return to action Monday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. traveling to Clayton State University (8-1, 2-0 PBC) in the return to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play. The Lakers most recently beat Augusta State University 80-69 tonight.

Visit www.GCSU.edu/Bobcats to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. 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.