by Kyle Collins, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball (15-5, 10-3) team battled against Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Armstrong Atlantic State University tonight (Feb. 11) to a 70-58 victory.
Armstrong Atlantic got off to a strong start in the opening minutes of the game, as opposing guard Lindsey Holmes nailed two early three-pointers. After the opening five minutes, the Pirates led Georgia College 10-8.
A trey by junior guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game. Fellow guard Daniela Nopuente (Daly City, Calif.) added two more threes shifting the energy in the home team's favor.
"She (Nopuente) was very valuable in the first half," head coach John Carrick said. "She's getting better, so you can see what kind of threat she is."
Staying true to their defensive prowess, GCSU shut Armstrong Atlantic down on several subsequent possessions.
Junior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) dominated the paint, as she continued her season long swat party with three blocks early but finished with five. Reames added seven rebounds and six points.
Adding to the mix, senior Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made a three-pointer extending the lead to six with 2:30 left before halftime. Scrappy bench play gave the Bobcats a 30-25 advantage going into the break. Poor field goal and free throw percentages plagued the offensive output, while a .455 clip from long range helped the Bobcats stay in front.
The Bobcats built the lead to eight early in the second half off a three pointer from Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.).
Back to back three-pointers by sophomore Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) and Bixler stretched the Bobcats advantage to double digits at the 12:35 mark.
Armstrong Atlantic fought back to cut the margin to eight points, but a three-pointer from Huffin reaffirmed Georgia College's control.
Carrick said they established a run and gun tempo in the second half by sharing the ballApproaching the final five minutes, the score advantage swelled to 63-45 for the home team. Offensive flow, steady defense and gutsy rebounding proved too much for the Pirates.
"He (Coach Carrick) has always said as long as we bring that defensive intensity, everything else will fall into place," Bixler said.
Georgia College successfully increased their win streak to eight in a convincing 12-point beat down of a solid conference opponent. Huffin was high scorer at 12 points. The Bobcats dominated in bench points with 30 to the Pirates 16 and held advantages in second chance and fast break points.
No love will be in the air the next time the Bobcats play as PBC rival, Lander University looks for vengeance on Valentine's Day at 2 p.m.
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