by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team's (13-5, 6-2 PBC) six-game win streak was halted tonight (Jan. 29) as No. 17 Francis Marion University (116-2, 8-1 PBC) overpowered the Bobcats 92-77 on their home court in the Centennial Center. This was the first home loss for the ‘Cats this season.
Junior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led the Bobcats tonight with 28 points, matching her season best set against Lincoln Memorial University exactly one month ago. This marks her 14th double-digit scoring contest and her fourth 20-point game. The guard also had eight rebounds, seven of which were defensive, while swatting two Patriot shots.
Guards Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) helped Jordan, putting up 10 points each. Moore recorded four assists, while Clark snagged five rebounds and Huffin grabbed seven. Senior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) added eight points, while collecting a team-high of 13 boards, with 10 coming off the defensive glass. The 6-foot-2 forward also tallied three blocks, giving her 105 for her career.
For Francis Marion, Shana Franks led the team with 24 points, going 3-for-4 from three-point range. Eboni Fields put up 21 points, while Shannon Singleton-Bates scored 16. Simone Trice led the Patriots in rebounding with 11, while Tiahana Bowens grabbed nine. Leading Francis Marion in assists was Monica Mann with five.
The Patriots out-rebounded the Bobcats 51-40 and outscored them 50-20 in the paint and 25-16 off turnovers. The FMU bench outscored the ‘Cats' bench 38-18. Georgia College shot .366 from the floor and .412 behind the arc, compared to Francis Marion's .468 and .529, respectively.
The Bobcats hope to return to their winning ways Sunday, Jan. 31 hosting conference opponent UNC Pembroke (10-8, 4-5) at 1:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
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