February 4, 2014

GAME DAY: Georgia College hosts the University of Montevallo

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THE GAME

The Georgia College women's basketball team (13-5, 6-5 PBC) hosts the University of Montevallo (6-12, 3-8) for an inter-division game in the Peach Belt Conference West. The Bobcats hold the fifth position, while the Falcons are sixth in the West Division. GC Hall of Fame Broadcaster Scott MacLeod and sports information student assistant Nick Burgess will have the call on UStream and Country 102.3FM. 

SERIES HISTORY

The all-time series is tied at 4-4. The Bobcats lost both meetings last season, 63-57 on Feb. 7 in Montevallo, Ala. before dropping last season's Homecoming, 50-43 on Feb. 23 at the Centennial Center.  

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS 

The Georgia College women's basketball team (13-5, 6-5 PBC) lost back-to-back road games for the first time this season with a 79-55 decision to Columbus State University (13-4, 8-3 PBC) Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center. 

Senior Brandi McKinney led the Bobcats with 17 points from the bench. Freshman LaRice Walker added 10 points and four assists, while junior Enisha Donley had a team-high in rebounds with six. 

A pair of Donley free-throws tied the game at 13 almost nine minutes in, but about six minutes later the Cougars opened up a double-digit lead that they never relinquished to finish out the contest. 

Senior Abby Slocumb had her third three-block game this season and in the process moved into second place on the Georgia College blocks list with 95. Slocumb passed Alicia Wilson (94-97), Dalana Watson (99-03), and Ashley Williams (04-08). 

Junior Shanteona Keys' one three-pointer and seven points moved her into 10th on two Bobcats' all-time list. She now is tied at No. 10 in threes with 125 with Karen Nunn (89-93), and holds sole possession of 10th in career points with 1,129. She passed Watson and Williams, who were tied at 1,126. 

The Cougars were led by Tae Smith's 22 points. Chatil Bradford and Asha Alexander each added 18 points, while Carrie Washington had a game-high 13 boards. 

The loss gives Columbus State another point in the "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry challenge, sponsored by the Pickle Barrel Café and Sports Pub with a 6-1 advantage. 

Georgia College falls to 6-5 in conference play, sitting in fifth in the PBC West Division. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March. 

SCOUTING THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO

The Falcons have five players listed in 12 top-10 PBC categories and of those 12 categories they have players that lead the conference in eight. Taylor Beverly is ranked in seven categories and leads her team and the PBC in scoring at 22.9 points-per-game. She is also first in the conference in points scored (413), field goals made (161), free throws made (87), and rebounds-per-game (11.2). She is second in total rebounds with 202, and third in blocks with 48. 

Jacquelyn Thompson is tied for first in 3-pointers made with 45 and fifth in three-point-percentage at .405. 

Shay Bonner is first in steals with 72 and ninth in free throws made with 58. 

Carrington Caise is tied-sixth in assists with 66, and Katie Colson is ninth in minutes played at 596. 

LAST TIME AGAINST THE FALCONS

The Georgia College women's basketball team (12-12, 8-9 PBC) had a lead as big as seven points Saturday, Feb. 23 at the University of Montevallo (16-11, 11-7 PBC), but the Bobcats would fall behind in the second half and lose in the end with a final score of 50-43. 

The Bobcats were led by Shanteona Keys as she finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Enisha Donley was the only other Bobcat to finish in double figures at 10. Donley struggled from the field, shooting 2-of-8, but made up for it by getting to the line a game-high eight times and making six of the attempts. 

As a team, the Bobcats shot 14-of-41 from the field and only 2-of-9 from behind the arc. The Falcons shot 19-of-50 from the field and 5-of-15 from downtown. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Falcons by a 31-25 margin, but Georgia College turned the ball over four more times than the Falcons, at 19 compared to 15. 

Thresia Elskamp struggled from the floor, shooting 2-of-9 and finishing with six points. She filled up the rest of the box score, grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds, dishing out five assists and coming away with four steals. 

Taylor Beverly led the Falcons, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Trena Moore-Smith had a game-high six assists, while adding seven points and playing all 40 minutes. 

MILESTONE WATCH

Shanteona Keys picked up her 1,129th point in the loss at Columbus State University Saturday,  Feb. 1. She now needs 10 points to tie current No. 9 May Neloms (84-88) at 1,139. Keys' 240 career free-throws are just three free throws away from tying current No. 6 Carla Hull's (85-89) total of 243 on the Georgia College all-time free-throw list, and Keys is six short of No. 5 Alicia Wilson (94-97) at 246. Keys is also currently tied in threes with No. 10 Karen Nunn (1989-93) at 125, and is just two threes shy from No. 9 Beth Heyer (97-01) at 127. 

Senior Abby Slocumb's 95 career blocks place her on the Georgia College all-time blocks list at No. 2. Last game she leap-frogged Alicia Wilson (94-97) with 93 blocks, and Dalana Watson (99-03) and Ashley Williams (04-08) with 94 blocks, with her third three-block game this season against Columbus State University. Antoinette Reames (08-10) holds the school record for blocks with 140. 

UP NEXT

The Bobcats host Georgia Southwestern Saturday, Feb. 8 in a PBC tilt starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center. It is one of four home games remaining and six overall left in the regular season.