by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (14-5, 9-3 PBC) receive national votes for the fourth-straight week in the USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
The Bobcats continue to rake in more votes for the top-25 poll each week. They are on a seven-game winning streak and reside third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Fellow conference foes Francis Marion University and Clayton State University made the list at No. 15 and No. 25. Peach Belt opponent, USC-Aiken dropped out of the top-25 this week but still received votes.
Georgia College is also appearing in the national statistics with strong rankings in defensive field-goal percentage, blocked shots per game, turnover margin and defensive three-pointers. The Bobcats sit 12th in the percentage of field-goals allowed on defense. Similarly, they are seventh in defending three-point shots, their best overall team statistic. They average only 4.7 turnovers per game and take the 25th spot for turnover margin out of the 271 teams ranked. The ‘Cats also hold the 21st slot in blocked shots per game with an average of 4.6.
Junior forward Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) has greatly helped the Bobcats with blocks this season. She has 42 blocks for the 2008-09 campaign and averages 2.4 a game. With those figures, the 6-foot-1 Orlando native claims 15th out of 50 for average number of swats per contest. Classmate Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) also landed on the national individual statistics ranks, as 22nd in the assists per game category averaging 5.3 per game.
Georgia College has won nine out of its last 10 games and hopes to extend the seven-game winning streak this week. The Bobcats finish their six-game homestand tomorrow (Feb.11) when the Pirates of Armstrong Atlantic State University (17-4, 10-4 PBC) sail into town 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, GCU 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.