by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (10-1, 3-1 PBC) had its second-best win streak in school history snapped by visiting University of North Georgia (9-1, 3-1 PBC), 86-72 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center. The 10-consecutive wins will rank second in both consecutive and from the start of a season, falling one win short of tying the 2003-04 team's 11.
The Bobcats were one of 10 undefeated NCAA Divison II women's basketball teams at the start of the contest.
The highly-explosive Nighthawk team stormed out of the gate with a 9-0 run and never looked back. The Bobcats had an impressive 12-point run of their own late in the first half that brought them within three at 23-20, but that was as close as they would get.
"We got beat by a very good team," said Georgia College head coach Maurice Smith. "We have a team of high character ladies and I think we'll bounce back."
Trailing by double-digits almost the entire second half, the Bobcat rally came within eight points in the final minute of play at 80-72. The contest may have been decided at the charity stripe where North Georgia shot 90 percent and scored nine more points.
Georgia College had five double-digit scorers. Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) led the team with 16 points. Donley has either led or co-led the team in scoring the last five outings. Senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) was one board shy of a double-double with nine, while adding 15 points and four steals.
Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.), senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati), and junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell,Ga.) added 10 points apiece, with the latter upping her career total to 989- just 11 points shy of 1,000. Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) had two blocks to bring her career total to 78 and just two shy of tying Pamela Hunter at No. 7 all-time.
The Nighthawks were led by Mimi Hill (21 points)and Cierra Jackson (20 points), who picked up for the loss of former NCAA Division II Player of the Year Jaymee Carnes after she left the game with an injury. Stephanie Huffman recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 boards.
The Bobcats continue PBC play on the road Wednesday, Jan. 8 against Flagler at 5:30 p.m.