by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A strong second-half showing wasn't enough as the Georgia College women's basketball team (3-11, 1-4 PBC) fell to No. 13 USC Aiken (12-1, 5-0 PBC,) 66-43 at the Centennial Center Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) continued her fantastic rookie campaign, going for 22 points and three rebounds. She was 4-of-9 from downtown, while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity-stripe.
The Bobcats battled the Pacers to an even 36-36 showing on the boards, due in large part to an 11-rebound effort from freshman Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.). The rookie also was 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
The Pacers generated their early lead with a consistent defensive attack, forcing Georgia College into 10 first-half turnovers. GC was able to get some pressure of their own, forcing the Pacers offensive unit into seven in the first frame.
As they have all season, the 'Cats continued to cash in on free opportunities, pouring in 14-of-16 free throws while the Pacers went 17-of-25 from the line.
Freshman Enisha Donely (Loganville, Ga.) played solid of the bench once again, chipping in six points and seven rebounds, four coming on the offensive glass.
USC Aiken held on to their perfect Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record, leading the East division through today's results.
Senior Hannah DeGraffinreed nearly missed on a double-double, scoring a team high 13 points while corralling nine boards.
Georgia College will look to pick up their second PBC victory of the season Wednesday, as they take on Augusta State University at 5:30 p.m. in the second annual Battle of the Cats meeting.
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