GC Women’s Basketball Beats Flagler as Keys Goes over 1,000 Points
by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (11-1, 4-1 PBC) extended its road win streak to five with a victory over Flagler College (4-8, 2-3 PBC), 92-78 Wednesday evening at the Flagler College Gymnasium. It was the team's first game since breaking into the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division II Top-25 Coaches' Poll at No. 22 yesterday.
Junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell,Ga) joined the 1,000-point club with a three-pointer that gave the Bobcats a lead they would never relinquish late in the first half. The bucket not only erased a seven-point Saints advantage, but proved to be the impetus to propel Georgia College to matching a season-high 92 points. Keys would go on to score a season-high 28, with five boards and three assists. She finished the night with a career total of 1,017 points.
"This was a great bounce-back performance for us today," said GC head coach Maurice Smith. "I thought we were really sharp. Our ladies did a really good job executing on both ends of the floor."
Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) flirted with a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds and adding 20 points. Donley was 10-of-16 from the floor. Senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) added 19 points and senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) had a career-high nine assists to go with five boards and three steals.
After trailing by seven points, the Bobcats finished the first half with a 25-5 run that ended 44-33 at intermission. Georgia College out-scored the Saints in fast-break points, 14-2.
Flagler was led by Williesha Spencer, who netted 20 of her 24 points in the first half and was slowed by injury in the second. Spencer single-handedly built Flagler a 27-20 lead midway through the first half. Christina Brown added 11 points and Shelbi Lindsey pitched in with 10 for the Saints, who were coming off a big upset-win over then-No. 7 Clayton State University Saturday.
Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) had one block to bring her career total to 79 and is now just one shy of tying Pamela Hunter at No. 7 all-time.
The Bobcats continue Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play at the Centennial Center Saturday, Jan. 11 against Young Harris at 1:30 p.m. The game has been billed as "Habitat for Humanity Day."
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