by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (13-5, 8-3 PBC) beat fellow Peach Belt Conference opponent UNC Pembroke (10-9, 5-7 PBC) 76-53 after a second-half domination.
The Braves kept it close through out the first period and trailed the Bobcats 22-20 at the half. Starting the second period with a two-point lead, Georgia College allowed a three-pointer by Ashley Morales giving Pembroke the advantage. After four ties and five lead changes, a Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) jumper at 14:20 gave the Bobcats the spark they needed to take the lead and keep it. Georgia College then went on a 13-0 run broken by a pair of free throws from Lavontay Johnson.
Once again, Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) scored the team-high, tonight with 20. She has held the team-high in six contests this season and has broken the 20-point mark three times. The sophomore guard also added three rebounds, a couple of steals and an assist.
Senior guard Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) and junior forward Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) both led the Bobcats in steals with five a piece. Brantley also put up an impressive 16 points, snagged five boards and had four assists. Down low, Reames cleaned house with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks. In an unusual occurrence, the Orlando native was the only Bobcat to see the free throw line tonight going 1-for-1 from the charity stripe.
Forward Natalie Ray led the Braves with 12 points and six boards, both team-highs for the night. The senior was 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line. Johnson helped with nine points and four rebounds while Marquena Delk also put up nine points and three boards.
Georgia College is in a tree-way tie for second place in the conference with USC Aiken and Clayton State University, going 8-3 just behind Francis Marion at 10-1 in PBC play. The Bobcats have won nine out of their last 10 games and are on a six game winning streak.
They are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 4 at home in the Centennial Center against North Georgia (5-14, 2-10 PBC) beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Faculty Appreciation Night.
Visit www.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.