Strong Second Half Surge Leads Bobcats Past Pirates, 70-57
by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (9-3, 1-3 PBC) rallied, down seven points at the half to blow past Armstrong Atlantic (7-6, 3-2 PBC), 70-57 on Saturday afternoon in the Centennial Center.
Jordan finished the game with an astounding game-high 30 points, five boards, four assists, three blocks and three steals. This marks her second 30-plus point game and seventh 20-plus point game for the season, including 20 straight games in double-digits dating back to last season. Also in double figures for the Bobcats were Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) with 12 points and six rebounds and Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) with ten points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The first half left the Bobcats flustered, as they could not figure out how to stop the Pirates. Armstrong Atlantic took the lead 11-7 and then preceded to go on a 10-0 run opening the game up to 14 points, which would be their biggest lead of the afternoon. The Bobcats showed some life at the end of the first half when Ashleigh Fox (Lilburn, Ga.) capitalized off of a Brooke Long missed three and hit a buzzer beater layup to close the gap, 40-33.
The Bobcats came out on fire to start the second stanza. After being down 42-33 just 15 seconds into the half the Bobcats went on a 16-2 run to take the lead for the first time in the contest, 49-44. GC would not relinquish the lead as they stretched it out to 15 points, 68-53, after a made three by Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) with 3:32 left to play. The Bobcats outscored the Pirates 37-17 in the second half.
Morgan Mitchell had a game high 10 rebounds for the Pirates to go along with her eight points and Arpine Amirkhanyan had a team high 17 points to go with her six boards.
The Bobcats shot 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field. GC is now 5-1 when shooting 40 percent or higher from the floor this season. The 'Cats won the turnover battle 24-11 but lost the rebounding battle 38-33. Armstrong Atlantic shot 52.4 percent (11-21) in the first half but cooled down finishing at 37.2 percent (16-43). The Pirates shot 6 of 15 (.400) from long range and 76 percent (19-25) from the charity stripe.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. hosting Flagler College.
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