GAME DAY: Battle for the Pickle Barrel as Georgia College travels to Columbus State University
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The Georgia College women's basketball team (13-4, 6-4 PBC) hosts Columbus State University (12-4, 7-3) for an inter-division game in the Peach Belt Conference West. One conference win separates the two teams. GC Hall of Fame Broadcaster Scott MacLeod will have the call on Country 102.3FM.
The Cougars and Bobcats have met 48 times with each team winning 24. Last season the teams also split with the Bobcats taking the first match at home Feb. 2, 71-67; before dropping a road contest two weeks later Feb. 16 by a 70-60 score.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS
The Georgia College women's basketball team (13-4, 6-4 PBC) had its two-game winning streak snapped by Young Harris College (12-4, 7-2 PBC), 59-45 Saturday Jan. 25 at the YHC Basketball Arena. The 45-Bobcat points were a season low as Georgia College suffered only its second loss on the road this season.
Junior Shanteona Keys was the game's only double-digit scorer with 11 points, while adding a team-high six boards. Junior Enisha Donley added eight points, while freshman LaRice Walker scored seven to go with a team-high five assists. Senior Thresia Elskamp also scored seven and added five boards. Senior Abby Slocumb had a game-high three blocks placing her at No. 5 on the Georgia College all-time blocks list with 92. She surpassed Marquita Driskell (05-07).
Things started out promising for the Bobcats as Elskamp buried a three less than a minute into the contest that gave Georgia College a lead it wouldn't relinquish until about six minutes left in the opening half. The Mountain Lions went on an 11-point run to go up 20-15 and never looked back. Young Harris College took a seven-point lead into the intermission at 27-20.
In the second half, the Mountain Lions went on runs of five-, seven-, and six-points, respectively, to seal the win. The Bobcats were out-rebounded 30-44, and matched a season-low in shooting percent from the floor at .304.
The Mountain Lions had no double-digit scorers, but all 10 participants had at least a point. Breanna Gleason led Young Harris College with eight points. Peyton Robertson, Lauren Smith, and Ladondra Johnson scored eight apiece with the latter adding a game-high 14 boards. Smith added to her conference lead in assists with a game-high seven, while Kaycee Cash added seven boards. Mountain Lion head coach Brenda Paul earned her 500th collegiate win with her team on a roll winning eight of their last nine.
SCOUTING COLUMBUS STATE
The Cougars have two players listed in seven top-10 PBC categories. Carrie Washington is in the PBC top-10 in four categories. Washington is third in the PBC in rebounds-per-game with 10, tied for fifth in total rebounds at 160, sixth in blocks at 22, and eighth in field-goal percent at .533.
Chati Bradford is the PBC top-10 in three categories. She is the Cougars' leading scorer and fifth in the PBC in points-per-game with 16.4. Bradford is sixth in field goals with 101, and eighth in points with 262.
LAST TIME AGAINST CSU
The Georgia College women's basketball team (12-11, 8-8 PBC) came up short against Columbus State University (15-9, 11-6 PBC) Saturday February 16, 2013, 70-60. After trailing big early, the Bobcats would outscore the Cougars 42-33 in the second half.
The Bobcats fell behind early 21-7 in the first 10 minutes and then trailing 37-18 at the half. The offense would come alive in the second half as Shanteona Keys scored 16 of her 20 points in that frame. She also pulled down 10 rebounds, giving the sophomore her first double-double as a Bobcat.
Enisha Donley finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Belinda Schaafsma had a season-high eight points off the bench, also adding five rebounds and two assists.
The Cougars were led by Kiersten Reid with 17 points. Reid was 5-of-13 from the field, with all her baskets coming from behind the arc. Asha Alexander led the team in rebounds with eight and also added six assists. Marina DeFoor had an economical 12 points, coming on 4-of-5 shooting, all from downtown.
The Bobcats continued to struggle from behind the arc, as they shot 2-of-8 and have not bested their season average of 5.2 since Feb. 2 when they played the Cougars at the Centennial Center. Overall the Bobcats shot 22-of-52 from the field compared to the 23-of-59 for the Cougars, but the Cougars shot 11-of-23 from downtown.
The Bobcats out-rebounded the Cougars 40-34 but Georgia College only had nine assists, the first time they didn't finish in double digits since Jan. 24 against USC Aiken.
Shanteona Keys picked up her 1,122th point in the loss at Young Harris College, Saturday Jan. 25. She now needs four points to enter the top-10, with the 10th spot currently jointly held by Dalana Watson (99-03) and Ashley Williams (04-08) at 1,126. She needs 17 points to reach No. 9 held by May Neloms (84-88) at 1,139. Keys' 240 career free-throws are just three free throws away from tying Carla Hull's (85-89) total of 243 at No. 6. on the Georgia College all-time free-throw list, and Keys is six short of No. 5 Alicia Wilson (94-97) at 246. Keys also has made 124 career threes, and is one three away from tying No. 10 Karen Nunn (1989-93) at 125, and three threes from No. 9 Beth Heyer (97-01) at 127.
Senior Abby Slocumb's 92 career blocks are three blocks shy from becoming No. 2 on the Georgia College all-time blocks list, and one block away from tying at No. 4. Currently. Alicia Wilson (94-97) is at No. 4 with 93, while Dalana Watson (99-03) and Ashley Williams (04-08) are tied-second with 94. Antoinette Reames (08-10) holds the school record for blocks with 140.
The Bobcats host Montevallo Wednesday, Feb. 5 in a PBC tilt starting at 5:30 p.m.