by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (9-5, 4-3 PBC) destroyed No. 17 Clayton State University (11-3, 5-2 PBC) 78-53 tonight (Jan. 19) at the Centennial Center.
Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) led the Bobcats in scoring tonight with 16 points each while Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) added 13. With one rebound away from a double-double, Bixler snagged nine boards in her best overall game of the season and Dudish grabbed five.
Marie St. Fort and Lisa Jackson led the Lakers with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Jackson also led her team in rebounds with seven. Georgia College out-rebounded Clayton State tonight 52-48. The Lakers shot 52.6 percent from the free throw line hitting 10 out of 19 while the Bobcats were 67.7 percent from the line making 21-of-31.
Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) along with Bixler led Georgia College in rebounds with nine. Reames also tacked on six points, going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe with two steals. Huffin with a team high of four steals for the night, added six points. Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) put up eight points and four rebounds for the Bobcats while Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had five points, one rebound, five assists and one steal.
With the win tonight, Georgia College snaps a six game losing streak to Clayton State. This is the second win for the Bobcats against a ranked opponent; the first was against No. 25 Wingate University Dec. 30. The 25- point deficit is the biggest loss for the Lakers in four seasons under head coach Dennis Cox.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 21 against Georgia Southwestern in Americus, Ga. at 5:30 p.m. The next home game is Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. as they take on No. 18 USC Aiken.
Visit www2.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.