Bobcats Claw Past Cougars, 64-48
by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led all scorers with 18 points, as the Georgia College women's basketball team (17-6, 9-6 PBC) downed Columbus State University (14-10, 7-8 PBC), 64-48 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center.
Only leading by a point, 29-28 heading into the half, GC used a balanced offensive attack to take control of the game in the second period. Jordan had eight boards to go along with her 18 points, while fellow senior Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) racked up 17 points of her own.
Sophomore Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) did a wonderful job orchestrating the offense, dishing out six assists to go along with 12 points and five rebounds.
Freshman Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) poured in 11 points, the second double-digit scoring effort of her young career, on 5-of-11 shooting. Fellow classmate Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) brought down six rebounds to match her six points.
GC shot extremely well from the field in the second half at 42 percent (11-of-26), a major improvement from their first half shooting of 33 percent (11-of-33).
The defense also remained stout as usual, holding the Cougars to just 35 percent shooting (8-of-26) from the field.
The story of the game seemed to take place at the charity-stripe, where the Bobcats shot 83 percent (15-of-18) while the Cougars shot a paltry 23 percent (3-of-13).
Georgia College also forced Columbus State into 26 turnovers compared to 17 for themselves. The Bobcats scored 28 points off those turnovers, while the Cougars mustered just 14.
With this win, the Bobcats lock up the No. 2 seed in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division and are set to host a first-round playoff game.
GC hits the road for an all-important PBC matchup with the University of Montevallo Falcons Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
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