MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team and head coach Maurice Smith, now in his fourth season, look to improve on their 12-14 record from a year ago and definitely have the weapons to do so.
"I'm excited about our team this season," said Coach Smith. "We have a lot of returners who played key minutes for us last year. We have added some talented freshmen who will give us much needed depth from the guard positions. We feel that we have a more balanced and experienced team that will compete and push themselves to get better each day and each game."
The Bobcats will return five of the top six leading scorers, including All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Second Team member Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.). The junior guard has been the leading scorer for the Bobcats for the last two seasons, averaging 16.5 points per game, and was one of only two players to start all 25 games. Keys also led the team in three-point field goal percentage, posting a .365 mark from behind the arc.
The only other Bobcat to start all 25 games a year ago was Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.). Donley was second on the team in points per game with 11.5 and led the team in overall field goal percentage at .472. Also returning for the '13-14 season is senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.). Elskamp led the team in rebounds with six per game, as well as steals and assists. She also averaged just over six points per game.
Kayla Upchurch (Alpharetta, Ga.) is hoping to provide a big boost to the Bobcats this season, after suffering a season-ending injury in the first minute of exhibition action last year. Upchurch, a sophomore who transferred from Division I Georgia Southern University, was slotted to be the starting point guard last year before the injury.
"This year is a great opportunity to prove ourselves against some good teams," added Smith. "Our non-conference schedule is really strong, playing four teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament last season. Our conference is probably the toughest that I've ever seen it. It's a good challenge that we are up for and definitely looking forward to facing."
The Bobcats will open up the 2013-14 season Saturday, Nov. 9 at the University of West Georgia, with tipoff at 2 p.m.
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