January 14, 2009

Georgia College Women Shut Down AASU, 74-45

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (8-4, 3-2 PBC) accomplished what no other Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school has done this season, blowing out Armstrong Atlantic State University (10-3, 5-1 PBC) 74-45 tonight (Jan. 14). The Bobcats held the Lady Pirates to a paltry 18.8 percent (12-64) in field goal shooting, including 10 percent (3-30) from three-point range.

Tied 28-28 at the half, Georgia College held the Pirates to just 17 points in the second half, making just five field goals on 31 tries. The Pirates started the PBC season 5-0, including a win over nationally-ranked USC Aiken Dec. 4.

The Bobcats got balanced scoring, receiving points from 10 different players. A pair of 12-point performers led the way, as sophomore guards Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) and Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) hit for 12 apiece. Junior center Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) came one point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points with her team-high 11 boards (seven on the offensive glass).

Pirate guard Portia Jones led all scorers with 14 points, with Dartayvia Thomas had a 13-point 14-rebound double-double, getting 13 of the caroms from the offensive glass. Center Kelly Versluis added 12 points.

The Bobcats out-shot AASU 44 percent to 19 percent from the floor. Both teams were outstanding from the free-throw line, AASU carding 95 percent (18-19) and GCSU 82 percent (9-11). The all-time series inflates to a 42-23 Georgia College lead, the most victories for the Bobcats against any 2008-09 opponent.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., traveling to Francis Marion University (11-1, 4-1 PBC). The Patriots most recently beat UNC Pembroke tonight, 81-59.

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.