MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Senior guard Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) hit the game-tying free throws at the end of regulation, then added the game-winning layup in overtime as the Georgia College women's basketball team (8-1) beat Wingate University (6-4) 62-61 in day two of the Georgia College Holiday Classic at the Centennial Center.
Jordan finished with 20 points but struggled with 7-of-22 shooting, extending her streak to four-straight games of 20-plus scoring. She also has a 17-game streak of double-digit points.
Senior Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) hit for 15 points, including three baskets from long distance. Sophomore Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) added 10 points and a game-best eight assists, while junior forward Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) yanked down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Down four at 55-51 with 49 seconds left in the second half, Jordan hit two free throws to cut the lead in half. After a missed Bulldog three, Jordan yanked down a rebound and was eventually fouled again with 11 seconds left, tying the game with a pair from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs missed a full-speed layup to end regulation tied at 55-55.
In overtime, Jordan had five of the team's seven points. With 29 seconds left and down by one point at 61-60, Boykin found Jordan on the right block. She slipped through two defenders to roll in an off-balance layup and get the lead at 62-61 with seven seconds remaining. A three-point attempt from the right wing by Wingate rimmed out as time expired.
Janitsha Williams led the Bulldogs with 18 points, helped by Kurie Washington with 14.
The Bobcats out-rebounded the Bulldogs 50-40, marking the fourth straight game where GC has out-rebounded its opponents.
Huffin now has 1,026 career points. She is 70 behind No. 11 Allison Barry (1988-92). GC has never lost to Wingate in five games all-time. The victory was the eighth in the first season of head coach Maurice Smith, tying him with Laura Golden at fourth on the school coaching wins list.
The Bobcats are back in action hosting No. 6 Clayton State University (12-0) Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. The Lakers beat Lenoir-Rhyne University 71-40 tonight.
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