Early Lead Not Enough, Bobcats Lose on Senior Day 71-69
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (12-14, 8-11 PBC) took to the court for the final time in the 2012-13 season as they took on the Armstrong Pirates (13-13, 8-11 PBC) for Senior Day at the Centennial Center. The Bobcats led at the half but could not hold off the Pirate comeback as they pulled ahead and won 71-69.
Senior Sadona Floure (Covington, Ga.), playing in her last collegiate game, had a career-best night, finishing with 17 points off the bench on 7-of-8 shooting from the field.
Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting, with 4-of-8 from behind the arc and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. The sophomore also added four rebounds and three steals. Fellow sophomore Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) also finished in double figures with 13 points.
Sophomore Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) paced the team with seven assists, tying her career-high for the second game in a row. The forward first had seven assists when the Bobcats played Columbus State University during the 2011-12 season and then matched that effort at Lander University Thursday, Feb. 28 before hitting the mark against Armstrong.
As a team, the Bobcats shot 26-of-59 from the field compared to 25-of-51 for the Pirates. Georgia College shot 7-of-20 from downtown, compared to the Pirates 10-of-26 from long range.
Tori Klewicki-McNutt led the Pirates with 18 points, while Demisha Mills finished with 17 and Tyler Carlson added 13.
Prior to the contest, the Bobcats honored a pair of seniors in Floure and Shalisa Ponius (Detroit).
The loss eliminates the Bobcats from Peach Belt Conference (PBC) playoff contention, closing out the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats won eight more games this year than 2011-12, including a six-game improvement during PBC play. The 2012-13 season saw Keys average 16.8 points, tied for fifth in the PBC. The sophomore has 869 career points, 230 shy of No. 12 on the All-Time list for Georgia College. Junior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) finished the year with 26 blocks, giving her 65 for her career. The junior finishes the year as No. 8 on the All-Time career blocks list for Georgia College.
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