Bobcats Edge Saints in Overtime, 61-58
by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (14-5, 9-3 PBC) subdued Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe, North Georgia (5-15, 2-11 PBC), tonight (Feb. 4) 61-58 in overtime.
After second half struggles it was all Bobcats in OT as they outscored North Georgia 5-2 giving Georgia College the 61-58 victory. The ‘Cats put the clamps on, not conceding a field goal in the extra frame.
The Bobcats led 37-18 at the end of the first half and allowed the Saints to come marching back in the second half. The Saints' defense stepped up big in the second forcing the Bobcats to shoot an abysmal .286 from the floor while they made .528.
Saints forward Syretha Marble hit a layup with 1:26 left in the second half to give North Georgia the one point advantage, 54-53 their first lead since the 19:14 mark in the first half. Fourteen seconds later Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) came down the court and dished it to Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.), who nailed a three-pointer giving the Bobcats a short 56-54 lead.
Center Sarah Stinson was able to get by the Bobcat defense and lay the ball in the basket tying the game at 56-56 with just under a minute left to eventually send the game into overtime.
Daniela Nopuente (Daly City, Calif.) came off the bench and led the Bobcats with 14 points tying her career high which she set against Augusta State University on Jan. 31.
Junior Candice Clark (Cochran, Ga.) stepped up tonight going .600 (3-5) from the charity stripe and shooting .333 (3-9) from the floor giving her nine points, a career high. Clark was also able to snag eight rebounds, five of which were defensive.
Sophomore guard Dudish could not have hit a three at a better time when she put her Bobcats up two. Dudish finished the game with nine points all coming behind the three-point arc.
The Bobcats' tallest player, Antoinette Reames (Orlando , Fla.), stands at 6-feet-1 and has been a dominant force down low. Reames has been on a blocking rampage with 12 blocks in the last three games. Tonight, Reames finished the game with 10 rebounds, nine points and six swats, one off the school record she tied earlier this season against Wingate University.
The Bobcats finish their six-game homestand Wednesday, Feb. 11 when the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State University come to town with the game starting at 5:30 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.