by Matthew Dalby, staff writer
The Georgia College women’s basketball team broke-out during the 2009-10 season recording their first 20-win season in three years at 21-8. The Bobcats went on to win the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division, tallying a 13-4 conference record.
Bobcats Begin Season Hot and Cold
The Bobcats opened the season with two losses, one of which came to Division I power Auburn University in an exhibition. However, head coach John Carrick rallied his team as they defeated Lenoir-Rhyne University and Barry University consecutively to even their record at 2-2. In the first win the Bobcats used a last second three-pointer from Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) to take home the 68-67 victory. In the 71-54 win over Barry, Georgia College found great use of their bench, which outscored the Buccaneers 41-9 over the course of the game. The stellar play from the bench was a sign of great things to come for the rest of the season.
The Bobcats found themselves repeating the same pattern over the next four games, falling to Nova Southeastern University and Carson-Newman College prior to victories over Tusculum College and Edward Waters College. Senior forward Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) recorded a double-double in both wins.
Women’s Basketball Finds Their Stride
The Bobcats clearly enjoyed the holiday season rallying off victories in nine of 10 games stretching from Dec. 12 – Jan. 25. During the streak six of the wins came against conference foes and allowed the team to jump out to an early PBC West lead. What was even more impressive was that six wins came outside the friendly confines of the Centennial Center. Following the streak, the Bobcats sat atop the standings in the PBC with a conference record of 6-1 and overall record of 13-4.
Columbus State Proves to be No Match on Homecoming
Georgia College used an energized home-crowd to silence the Cougars 55-43 at the Centennial Center on Homecoming. Strong efforts from forward Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.), scoring a career-high 15 points, and guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), team high six assists, proved to be too much as the Bobcats were soaring heading into the PBC Tourament.
Georgia College Advances to PBC Semis with OT Win
In an exciting playoff game Jordan sunk two free-throws with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 52-52 and send the Bobcats PBC first round matchup against Georgia Southwestern State University into overtime. The extra period was dominated by Georgia College who received clutch free-throws from Candice Clark (Waner Robins, Ga.) to help seal a 60-59 victory. The ‘Canes hit a meaningless three-pointer as time expired to pull within one.
Season Ends at the Hands of Francis Marion
The Bobcats bid for a fifth PBC Tournament title fell short in the semifinal round as the Bobcats lost 66-61 to No. 17 Francis Marion University at the USCA Convocation Center. It was a disappointing way to end the season as a win here may have given Georgia College that NCAA Tournament bid they had hoped for entering the season.
Women’s Hoops Garners Numerous Accolades
Jordan and Reames were both named to the PBC All-Conference team. Jordan received Second Team honors while Reames got a Third Team spot. Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) and Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) also enjoyed honors, being recognized on the PBC All-Academic squad.
Women’s Basketball Enters New Era with the Retirement of a Legendary Coach
This summer the Georgia College athletic department announced the retirement of 27-year head coach John Carrick, who decided not to return for the 2010-11 season. Carrick officially retired from full-time employment at the university in 2007 but continued to coach the team on a part-time basis. Four-year assistant women’s basketball coach Maurice Smith was named to replace the legendary coach and looks to build on the Bobcats’ success in 2009-10 as he leads them into the new season.
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