January 21, 2009

Brantley Explodes for Career-High 23 to Hold off Hurricanes, 62-58

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AMERICUS, Ga. - Senior Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) scored a career-high 23 points, or 37 percent of the team's scoring, as Georgia College & State University women's basketball (10-5, 5-3 PBC) won at Georgia Southwestern State University (5-11, 0-9 PBC) 62-58 tonight (Jan. 21).

Brantley hit 9-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the charity stripe for her 23, also pulling down a team-best seven boards. Scoring nine apiece were junior Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and senior Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Moore also had six rebounds and six steals, while Bixler had six caroms as well.

The Bobcats caused 23 turnovers, the sixth time this season GCSU has managed 20-plus takeaways in a game. Georgia College took the lead for good on an Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) put-back with 14:33 left in the first half. Reames keyed and capped 11-2 run that would give the Bobcats the only double-digit lead of the game, a 20-10 advantage at the 7:59 mark in the first.

Brandi Burris had 16 points to lead GSW, aided by 13 from Nadirah Gardner.

The all-time series remains in GSW's favor, but is now trimmed to 23-18. GCSU has taken the last six meetings.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., hosting No. 19 USC Aiken (14-4, 6-2 PBC). The Lady Pacers most recently beat Lander University tonight 87-75. Saturday will be "Green Day" at the Centennial Center, with a pre-game tailgate scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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.