HICKORY, N.C. - A second-half surge wasn't enough, as the Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (4-3) fell 74-58 at No. 23 Lenoir-Rhyne University (5-1). Junior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) netted a Bobcat career-best 20 points in the loss.
The Bobcats had trouble shooting in the Shuford Gym, hitting just 20-of-53 for 38 percent from the floor. Jordan needed 8-of-8 from the line added to five field goals for her 20 points.
Senior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) had 10 points apiece, Reames adding six boards, four blocks and four steals to a solid line. Reames played just nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Sophomore Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.) led all rebounders with seven.
The three-headed LRU monster of Brittany Mitch (17), Jami Safrit (16) and Cameron Sealey (12) did the damage for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot nearly twice as many free-throws as Georgia College, hitting 27-of-31 while GCSU made 13-of-17.
The Bobcats led by as much as six in the first half, but a shooting drought combined with some heating up for the Bears, gave LRU the lead. A key 13-2 run over 4:30 in the middle of the half turned a one-point GCSU advantage into a 10 point Bear lead. Jordan had seven points at the half, four from the line and three coming on a deep three at the halftime buzzer.
The ‘Cats cut the lead with an 11-0 second-half run, getting the game at eight points and as low as five in the second half, but they could get no closer.
Reames finished the game with four blocks, giving her 83 in her career, standing at fifth in school history. She passed GCSU Hall of Famer Sherita Ballard (1987-91) and Pamela Hunter (1987-91) in today's contest.
The Bobcats are back in action in one week, Saturday, Dec. 12 at USC Aiken at 1:30 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.
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