by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MORROW, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (8-4, 1-1 PBC) picked up its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) win of the season tonight (Jan. 9) 73-60 against No. 11 Clayton State University (11-2, 2-1 PBC). The victory also marks the second win for the Bobcats over a ranked opponent in the young season, the first coming in the 68-67 season-opener against No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led the Bobcats tonight putting up 18 points, while Teshymia Tillman carried the Lakers with 27. Jordan scored all 18 from behind the three-point arc and also managed to grab five rebounds. The Bobcats spread out the scoring opportunities tonight, having four players net double-digits.
Junior Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) contributed 15 points with five boards, while senior Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists, matching her career high in helps. Moore loves playing in Morrow, as the senior had 20 points at Clayton State a year ago.
Sophomore Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.) was just shy of a double-double, tallying 10 points and nine boards, while Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) led the team in rebounds with 11, also the game high.
For Clayton, Tanisha Woodard helped scoring efforts putting up 10 points, and Tillman also snagged six boards. Breanna Fort collected a team-high of 10 rebounds for the Lakers tonight with six points.
Georgia College out-shot Clayton State .40 percent (27-68) to 36 (22-61) from the floor, but the difference came behind the arc, as GCSU hit 48 percent (13-27) to 22 (4-18) from three-point range. However, the Lakers were perfect at the line going 12-for-12, while the Bobcats were 75 percent (6-8). Georgia College won the rebounding battle 44 to 37.
The Bobcats have had four ranked opponents in just 12 games this season, rising to a 2-2 record. The Bobcats are 21-16 all-time with Clayton, including wins in the last two. Reames recorded one block, and now is tied for fourth in school history with 91 in her career. Huffin hammered home two three pointers, tying GCSU Athletics Hall of Famer Sherita Ballard (1987-91) for 10th all-time.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 13 hosting Georgia Southwestern University at 5:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
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