Late Push Not Enough as Bobcats lose, 70-60

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (12-11, 8-8 PBC) came up short against Columbus State University (15-9, 11-6 PBC) Saturday afternoon, 70-60. After trailing big early, the Bobcats would outscore the Cougars 42-33 in the second half.

The Bobcats fell behind early 21-7 in the first 10 minutes and then trailing 37-18 at the half. The offense would come alive in the second half as Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) scored 16 of her 20 points in that frame. She also pulled down 10 rebounds, giving the sophomore her first double-double as a Bobcat.

Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) had a season-high eight points off the bench, also adding five rebounds and two assists.

The Cougars were led by Kiersten Reid with 17 points. Reid was 5-of-13 from the field, with all her baskets coming from behind the arc. Asha Alexander led the team in rebounds with eight and also added six assists. Marina DeFoor had an economical 12 points, coming on 4-of-5 shooting, all from downtown.

The Bobcats continued to struggle from behind the arc, as they shot 2-of-8 and have not bested their season average of 5.2 since Feb. 2 when they played the Cougars at the Centennial Center. Overall the Bobcats shot 22-of-52 from the field compared to the 23-of-59 for the Cougars, but the Cougars shot 11-of-23 from downtown.

The Bobcats out-rebounded the Cougars 40-34 but Georgia College only had nine assists, the first time they didn't finish in double digits since Jan. 24 against USC Aiken.

Georgia College returns to the court Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. when they welcome the University of Montevallo to the Homecoming matchup at the Centennial Center.

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