by Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (5-3) kicked off day one of the Stair South Inc. Holiday Classic with a 65-51 win over the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers (3-5). All 12 Bobcats to enter the game Sunday evening would score.
Sophomore Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the team effort with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Keys added three assists, three steals, and two rebounds to her final line.
Junior Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) was the only other Bobcat in double digits, with 11 points off the bench. Lewis was 4-of-10 from the field and added five rebounds. Sophomore Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) led the Bobcats with eight rebounds off the bench.
As a team the Bobcats were 23-of-59 from the field and 15-of-21 from the free throw line, while the Golden Tigers shot 18-of-54 from the field and 12-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Bobcats pulled down 38 rebounds compared to the Golden Tigers 40.
The UNC Pembroke Braves (5-5) took on the Coker College Cobras (7-2) in game one Sunday afternoon. Coker would eventually come away with a 65-59 victory over the Braves. The Cobras were led offensively by Amber and Autum Lau; the twins scored 14 and 16 points, respectively.
Pembroke had three double-digit scorers, led by Jazmine Kemp with 14 points. Kemp narrowly missed a double-double, finishing the game with nine rebounds. Wayne Mack had 11 points and Taylor Gallentine added 10.
The Stair South Inc. Holiday Classic continues Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. when UNCP takes on the Golden Tigers in game one. Georgia College will take the court for game two at 3 p.m. battling Coker. Both games will feature free admission.
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