by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MACON, Ga. – Despite a strong first half from the Georgia College women's basketball team, Division I foe Mercer University used an early second half surge to down the Bobcats 73-43, at The University Center in Macon, Ga. tonight.
The Bobcats came out of the gate hot, establishing an early 8-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest. The Bears methodically worked their way back into the game, using a late first half run to gain a 32-29 edge heading into the locker room.
GC did a great job getting to the charity stripe in the first half, going 12-of-17 compared to just 4-of-11 for Mercer. Freshman Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) went 5-of-6 from the line, racking up seven points to lead the 'Cats at halftime.
Keys finished the game with a team-high 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field, while going 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed two rebounds to go with a pair of steals.
Mercer quickly stepped things up in the second half, starting the period with a 30-4 run to quickly put the game out of reach with about 10 minutes left.
The Bears finished with three double-digit scorers, with Ry'van Buchanan and Briana Williams leading the way at 13 apiece.
Freshman forward Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) had a solid showing, accounting for eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. She was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, shooting 2-of-5 from the field.
Macon native Myeshia Simms (Macon, Ga.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Bobcats despite being the smallest player on the floor at five-feet tall, also adding seven assists for good measure.
Georgia College will look to regroup as they begin their regular season slate against Anderson University (S.C) Friday, Nov. 11 at the Centennial Center beginning at 7 p.m.
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