by Matthew Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
AIKEN, S.C. - The Georgia College women's basketball team (22-6) beat all odds, winning the Peach Belt Conference Championship 62-49 over host No. 12 USC Aiken Sunday afternoon. Georgia College head coach Maurice Smith becomes the only first year head coach to win a PBC Championship.
The Bobcats received another outstanding performance from senior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.), who scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was her sixth double-double of the season, two coming in the PBC Tournament as the guard picked up Tournament MVP honors.
Fellow classmate and All-Tournament Team selection Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) was limited to just six points, but they could not have been more important as they all came within the last two minutes of the game.
Despite fouling-out, freshman Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) continued her solid play off the bench, scoring 11 points in just 21 minutes for the Bobcats.
Georgia College jumped out to an early 15-4 lead at the 9:58 mark in the first half behind some excellent defense and a patient offensive attack.
The Pacers would cut into the lead, trailing the Bobcats 28-20 at the half. Jordan and Lewis led the Bobcats, scoring 22 of their 28 first half points.
USC Aiken would storm back to tie the game 45-45 at the 6:28 mark, eventually grabbing the lead 47-45 on a jumper from freshman Kayla Harris (Raleigh, N.C.).
The Pacers run was fueled by Harris, who finished with 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting, while bringing down eight rebounds. Junior Hannah DeGraffinreed (Raleigh, N.C.) also scored in double-figures with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Trailing by two, 47-45, the Bobcats would go on a 17-2 run to end the game and claim the 62-49 victory.
The GC defense was spectacular early on, limiting a typically potent USC Aiken squad to just 21 percent (4-of-19) shooting from the field for the half. The Pacers would shoot much better in the second half, going 40 percent (11-of-27) from the field.
Georgia College and USC Aiken await their seeds in the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament to be announced Sunday, March 6 at 9 p.m. on www.NCAA.com.
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