by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MORROW, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (4-22, 2-15 PBC) ended their 2011-12 season with a loss at No. 4 Clayton State University (26-2, 16-1 PBC) Saturday night, 93-58.
The first half did not open up in the Bobcats favor as the Lakers went on a 16-to-4 run to start the game. GC could not keep Clayton State at bay as the Lakers went into the break up 22 points.
The Bobcats played a much better second half scoring 38 points. Freshman Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the way with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-21 (.428) shooting from the field and 7-of-10 (.700) from the charity stripe. This was Keys' second straight 20-point game and sixth this season. She chipped in four boards, five assists and two steals.
Fellow classmate Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) was also in double-digits tying a career-high 11 points on 5-of-8 (.628) shooting. Schaafsma added eight caroms and three assists. Drameka Griggs was the high scorer for the Lakers with 20 points on 7-of-11 (.636) from the field.
GC shot .370 (20-54) from the field and 6-of-18 (.400) from beyond the arc. The Lakers shot 34-of-73 (.466) and 19-of-26 (.731) from the free throw line. The Bobcats lost the rebounding battle 45-38.
This loss brings an end to the 2011-12 season for the Bobcats. A season that saw Keys average 15.5 points per game on 38.9 percent (129-332) shooting, good for second overall in the Peach Belt Conference. She also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals.
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