by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga.- The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (15-7, 10-4 PBC) dropped a game at Columbus State University tonight (Feb. 16) 72-66, giving the Bobcats two losses in a row for the first time since Dec. 15.
Forward Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) led the Bobcats tonight with 15 points and 13 boards for her third double-double of the season. Her first of the season was Dec. 30 in the 63-55 win over No. 25 Wingate University where she also carded 15 and 13. More recently, the 6-foot-1 junior posted 11 points and 11 rebounds Jan. 5 in the 78-60 victory at Clayton State University.
Tonight, Reames was 6-of-12 from the floor snagging four defensive boards and nine offensive while claiming two assists. The aggressive defender fouled out tonight but not before swatting down four shots.
Sophomore Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) also scored a team-high tonight with 15 for Georgia College nailing down five from behind the arc. Also posting double digits for the night was senior wing Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) with 11 points. Bixler also grabbed seven boards, added two assists, had two steals and one block.
Unfortunately, Reames, Dudish and Bixler's double digits were not enough to overcome Columbus State's three leading scorers, two posting double-doubles. Phebe Smith led the Cougars with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Chauntel Ferdinand scored 19 for the night. Ashley Stafford contributed to the action with 14 points and 13 rebounds for CSU.
The Bobcats look to snap the two-game slide Wednesday, Feb. 18 at home against Georgia Southwestern beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be Senior Night at Georgia College, honoring Bixler, Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) and Tonishia Wimbish (Ellenwood, Ga.).
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com 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.