Bobcats Escape Wolves, 42-41
by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (3-0) edged the West Georgia Wolves (1-3), 42-41 behind Chimere Jordan's (Gray, Ga.) 17 points, nine of which came from the free throw line.
For the eleventh game in a row Jordan was in double-digits. She accompanied her 17 points with nine rebounds, three assists and six steals.
The Bobcats quickly got down 9-0 at the beginning of the first half but regained control after Jordan hit a three to make it 18-15. The Bobcats would only lead one other time in this game as they trailed going into the half 23-20.
In a game where there were only six lead changes, the Bobcats trailed the whole second half. The Wolves came out howling, going on yet another 9-0 run. Then with 9:53 left Thomassian Wyatt hit a three to put West Georgia up 41-27. That would be the last time the ball saw the bottom of the basket for the Wolves. The Bobcats defense looked immoveable as they clawed their way back, powered in part by Abby Slocumb's (Suwanee, Ga.) four consecutive points.
The Bobcats were down by four when Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) drained a shot from beyond the arc to put GC within one, 41-40. Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) had the biggest play of the game when she stole the ball with 27 seconds left and got fouled on the breakaway. Law drained both free throws to put the Bobcats up by one. Jordan came up huge for the 'Cats again as she rejected Shunice Hardy's shot into the first row of the bleachers to preserve the one point lead and that is how the contest would end.
Boykin finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and three steals. Law chipped in eight points and six boards along with Slocumb's four points and four boards.
West Georgia's Hardy recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Valerie Jones also had 11 points and two rebounds. The Wolves shot just .292 (14-48) from the field but 7-of-8 (.875) from the free throw line.
Off setting shooting just 11-of-45 (.244) from the field, the Bobcats managed to get to the free throw line 19 times and shot .842 (16-19). The Bobcats lost the rebounding battle 36-33 but won the turnover battle 26-21.
The Bobcats are back in action Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. in Dahlonega, Ga. facing Trevecca Nazarene University in the North Georgia Thanksgiving Classic.
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