by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
AUBURN, Ala. - Despite an explosive second half start by the Georgia College & State University women's basketball team, the Bobcats were unable to recover from being down 40-18 in the first half, losing 73-50. Georgia College did have two players score in double digits as juniors Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) and Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) had strong showings, scoring 16 and 10 respectively.
Georgia College struggled from the floor in the first half shooting 7-of-36 (.194) and only hit 2-of-14 three-pointers (.143) including a scoring drought of over 10 minutes. Auburn took advantage early off Georgia College's turnovers and went up 4-0. The ‘Cats answered back when Jordan hit a jumper from the free-throw line off a pass from Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.). Moore put the Bobcats up 5-4, the only lead of the game for John Carrick's squad, when she hit a three-pointer.
Junior Shaquana Bleach (Ellenwood, Ga.) got the Bobcats within four, 21-17, when she hit a three off an assist from Dudish. Bleach's field goal was the last of the half for Georgia College.
Georgia College started the second half on a 14-4 run to get the score 43-32 before Auburn ran off eight straight points and the Bobcats struggled to find the basket shooting .333 (10-30) in the frame. The Tigers outscored the Bobcats in the paint (34-10), off turnovers (23-16) and on second chance baskets (21-7). Auburn also out-rebounded Georgia College 57-42. A positive for the Bobcats was their ability to make free-throws shooting .692 from the line to the Tigers' 32 percent.
Carrick's ‘Cats are back in action Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. against Lenoir-Rhyne University at home in the Centennial Center.
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