by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AIKEN, S.C. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (15-6, 7-6 PBC) let one slip away early Saturday evening, falling to No. 14 USC Aiken (21-4, 13-2 PBC) by a score of 46-43.
GC held a 41-34 lead with 5:42 remaining, but could only manage two more points the rest of the game, as the Pacers went on a 12-2 run.
The Bobcats lacked the scoring balance seen in their win over Augusta State University Thursday night, as only two Bobcats reached double figures. Seniors Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) and Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) scored 18 apiece.
While that duo accounted for 36 of the Bobcats 46 points, they did receive some help on the glass from freshman Abby Slocumb (Suwannee, Ga.) who pulled down 10 boards. Sophomore Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) managed to chip in nine rebounds of her own.
Both defenses proved to be very stingy, as neither team was able to shoot very well from the field. GC shot just 30 percent (13-of-43), and held the Pacers to just 26 percent (13-of-50).
Ultimately the two biggest factors in the close loss came down to free-throw shooting and turnovers, a pair of categories in which the 'Cats usually succeed. Georgia College managed to shoot just 58 percent (11-of-19) from the line, while USC Aiken shot 74 percent (17-of-23). The Bobcats also committed 21 turnovers compared to only 13 from the Pacers.
Huffin's 19 points give her 1,157 in her career at Georgia College. She passed two GC players and tied a third this evening, bettering No. 8 May Neloms (1984-88), and No. 7 Beth Heyer (1997-2001) and deadlocking No. 6 Alicia Wilson (1994-97) to take sixth. Up next is Tracy Davis (1994-98) and the top five at 1,183.
GC will need to have a short memory, as they hit the road again for a crucial PBC West Division showdown with Georgia Southwestern State University Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
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