by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
GREENWOOD, S.C. - The women's basketball team at Georgia College & State University (7-4, 0-1 PBC) lost its Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opener tonight to No. 21 Lander University (10-1, 3-0 PBC) 84-66.
Lander's aggressive defense helped them cause 13 turnovers in the first half and jump out to an early lead. The Bobcats got within two when Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) assisted to Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) to make the score 8-6 and that was the closest they would come the rest of the way as the Bearcats never gave up the lead.
Georgia College was down by as many as 14 points in the first half, but from an 8-2 run got within seven after a Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) layup and then a free-throw to connect for the three-point play. Huffin also hit one three-pointer in the contest to put her at 122 in her career, one away from Sherita Ballard (1987-91) at No. 10 on the school's all-time three-point field goals list.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led Georgia College with 17 points and also had five rebounds. Reames and Jessica Baker (Snellville, Ga.) each had 11 points. Reames also had seven boards, while Baker's 11 points was a season-high, tying a career-high she set against USC Aiken March 2, 2008. Huffin aided the ‘Cats with eight points while Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) had seven and five boards, respectively.
Lander jumped out to a 12-6 run in the second stanza and never looked back. The Bobcats struggled to make shots and only hit .377 from the floor (26-69) and .313 (5-16) from three-point land. Georgia College was out-rebounded 56-45 and had 20 turnovers in the game.
Mukia Myrick had a rare four-point play for the Bearcats in the second half that put Lander up 57-40 and teammate Shannon McKever posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards.
Georgia College opens the PBC season with a loss for the fourth-straight year.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. traveling to No. 15 Clayton State University (11-1, 2-0 PBC). The Lakers most recently beat the University of West Florida 70-59 Jan. 3.
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