by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball (2-7) team dropped their first game of the Stair South Holiday Classic against Tusculum College (6-3), 54-45 at the Centennial Center Friday night.
The Bobcats used a late surge to dwindle the Pioneer lead to just nine with 1:29 to play, but were unable to inch any closer in the final minute.
Trailing 28-21 heading into the half, Georgia College got out slow to start the second frame, giving up seven quick uncontested points. Behind strong second half efforts from Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) and Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.), the 'Cats were able to close the gap.
Schaafsma nearly missed a double-double, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with nine points, two assists and two steals.
Keys was one of only two double-digit scorers among the two teams, pouring in 10 points while adding five boards and a block.
The Bobcats held their own in the paint with the Pioneers, with both teams corralling 42 rebounds. The telling stat of the night came in the turnover department, where the 'Cats surrendered the ball 20 times compared to 14 from their opponents.
GC was also uncharacteristically pedestrian from the charity-stripe, converting just 6-of-12 attempts despite leading the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) at 74.8 percent.
The Bobcats will have a great opportunity to right the ship when they get back on the court tomorrow at 3 p.m. against Limestone College (6-4). In the first game of the Stair South Holiday Classic, the Saints rallied to defeat fellow PBC member UNC Pembroke, 62-61.
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