by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (3-0) got off to its best start in three seasons with a convincing 92-61 win over North Greenville University (1-4) in their second match of the Nighthawk Classic at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats blew open the second half, including a 17-point run over nearly four minutes that gave them a 30-point cushion with about 10 minutes left in the contest.
"It was a great total team effort today," said head coach Maurice Smith. "It was a very competitive first half with us exchanging a lot of punches back-and-forth with them. I thought we played the best half of our season defensively and offensively in the second half."
Senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) led the team from the bench for the third-consecutive game with a season-high 26 points including four from beyond the arc in 23 minutes on the afternoon.
Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) had an impressive first half, scoring 18 points before finishing the contest with 24. Donley also co-led the team at six boards with senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.); the latter accounting for four steals. Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) joined Donley and McKinney in double-figure scoring at 12 points.
Georgia College took the lead just 29 seconds into the contest and held it until about midway through the first half. The Crusaders crawled back to go in front 19-17 with 9:18 left and remained in command for nearly seven minutes before the Bobcats retook the lead for good with 2:34 left. Georgia College closed the opening half with a five-point lead 43-38.
The Bobcats had three separate runs of seven points or more in the second half to take control of the contest. They produced the team's most points since a game against Allen University December 3, 2011 when Georgia College netted 94.
The Bobcats will be back in action for the squad's home opener against Clark Atlanta University Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
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