January 10, 2014

GAME DAY: GEORGIA COLLEGE HOSTS YOUNG HARRIS

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THE GAME

The Georgia College women's basketball team (11-1, 4-1 PBC) hosts Young Harris College (8-3, 3-1 PBC) in an inter-division battle in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. The game pits West division No. 2 Georgia College against West division No. 3 Young Harris, with each team only losing one PBC match. The men's and women's basketball double-header will be part of "Habitat for Humanity Day" at the Centennial Center, with the organization hosting raffles and more for awareness and fundraising for this great local cause.  The GC athletics department is offering free admission to the double-header. GC Hall of Fame Broadcaster Scott MacLeod and sports information student assistant Alex Cooper will have the call on Ustream and Country 102.3FM. 

SERIES HISTORY

The Bobcats and Mountain Lions are 1-1 all-time after two contests last season. The Bobcats lost the first meeting, 66-46 on the road Jan. 12, but won the last matchup at Centennial, 68-55 Jan. 27. 

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS 

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 Jan. 8 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. 

Junior Shanteona Keys 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 lead, 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 points, five boards and three assists. She finished the night with a career total of 1,017 points. 

Junior Enisha Donley flirted with a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds and adding 20 points. Donley was 10-16 from the floor. Senior Brandi McKinney added 19 points and senior Thresia Elskamp 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 at the intermission at 44-33. Georgia College out-scored the Saints in fast-break points, 14-2. 

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN LIONS

Members of the Peach Belt Confernence's (PBC) West Division, Young Harris College enters Saturday's action attempting to defeat two Top-25 teams on the road in a 68-hour span, having knocked off No. 19 Clayton State, 45-44 Wednesday in Morrow, Ga. The Mountain Lions are on a four-game winning streak that began with a pair of  December wins in the Cruzin Classic. Young Harris knocked off Briar Cliff, 71-44 on the 19th, and then beat Findlay, 73-66 on the 21st. Both contests were played at neutral sites at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas; respectively.  

The Mountain Lions are led offensively by Ledondra Johnson, who is in the top-10 in six Peach Belt Conference (PBC) categories. Johnson is second in points (231), second in field goals (100), second in field-goal percent (.592), third in points-per-game (21.0), sixth in rebounds (98), and sixth in rebounds-per-game (8.9). Lauren Smith is first in PBC assists (58) and fifth in steals (30). Young Harris has three players in the PBC top-10 in field-goal percent with Kaycee Cash heading the list at 66 percent, followed by Johnson (.592), and Peyton Robertson in eighth (.542 

LAST TIME AGAINST YOUNG HARRIS

Sophomore guard Shanteona Keys scored a career-high 32 points on Jan. 27, 2013 and led the Georgia College women's basketball team (10-7, 6-4 PBC) to a 68-55 victory over the visiting Young Harris College Mountain Lions (10-7, 4-6 PBC). 

With the 32 points Keys topped her previous career high of 29 points, a plateau she had reached twice. She shot 10-of-23 from the field and was successful on all eight of her trips to the charity stripe. She also added four rebounds, one steal and one assist. The 32 points is the highest output for the Bobcats since Chimere Jordan scored 35 points Nov. 12, 2010. With the performance Keys surpassed 700 career points, standing now at 713. 

Junior Thresia Elskamp finished with 11 points on the night from 3-of-9 shooting and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. She also added five rebounds, four steals, and one assist. Freshman guard Mckenna Rushton tied her career high with eight points. Coming off the bench, Rushton was 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown. She also added three rebounds and one steal in her 10 minutes of action. Junior forward Abby Slocumb added four points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Sadona Floure chipped in seven points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal. 

Ladondra Johnson led the Mountain Lions with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Peyton Robertson finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. 

As a team, the Bobcats shot 20-of-49 from the field and 8-of-19 from behind the arc, compared to the Mountain Lions 16-of-51 from the field and 3-of-16 for three.  

MILESTONE WATCH

Shanteona Keys picked up her 1,017th point in the  win at Flagler Jan. 8. She had 413 points her freshman year and 438 as a sophomore, and now needs 79 points to tie Allison Barry (1,096 career points) at No. 13 on the all-time career scoring list.Sherita Ballard (87-91) holds the record for career points with 1,819.  Keys has also made 332 career free-throws, just four from the school's No. 7- currently held by Beth Heyer (1997-01) at 236. Keys also has made 111 career threes, and is 14 threes (42 points)  away from tying No. 10 Karen Nunn (1989-93) at 125. 

Senior Abby Slocumb is just one block away from tying No. 7 Pamela Hunter (87-91) at 80 blocks on the career all-time list. Sherita Ballard (87-91) is at No. 6 with 82. Antoinette Reames (08-10) holds the school record for blocks with 140. 

PULL-UP JUMPER

~ GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Bobcats have put forth a solid defensive effort thus far, ranking third in the PBC by allowing just 59.4 points per game. They're second in the PBC in opponent field-goal percentage (.360) and second in three-point shooting percent against (.268). The Bobcats have also been strong along the glass. They're second in the PBC in rebounds at 43.5 per game, and first in defensive boards with 30.7 per game. 

UP NEXT

The Bobcats travel to the University of North Georgia Wednesday, Jan. 15th for a PBC tilt at 5:30 p.m. The Bobcats will attempt to avenge their only loss this season with the second of two regular season meetings.