by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (14-5, 7-5 PBC) scored 50 second-half points and won by the biggest margin this season over the University of Montevallo (6-13, 3-9 PBC), 87-52 Wednesday at the Centennial Center. The 35-point margin was four points more than an early-season non-conference win in the Nighthawk Classic Tournament in November.
The Bobcats got 41 points from the bench, sank a season-high 25 points from the charity stripe, and were one shy of matching a season-high in steals at 13.
Junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the team with 19 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals. Keys moved one point ahead of Beth Heyer (97-01) to No. 8 all-time in Georgia College scoring with 1,148 points. Keys' four free throws also moved her one ahead of Carla Hull (85-89) to No. 6 all-time in Bobcats history at 244, and her one three broke a tie at No. 10 with Karen Nunn (89-93) with 126 total career threes.
Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) added 17 points with an impressive 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, and 5-of-6 from the foul line. Senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) just missed a double-double grabbing nine boards, while contributing 11 points and a team-high four steals. Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) had her fourth three-block game this season and is now just two shy of the century mark.
Senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) led the team in rebounds with 10, and added four points, three assists, and two steals. Sophomore Kayla Upchurch (Alpharetta, Ga.) had a career-high nine points, and a game- and career-high six assists in 25 minutes from the bench. Also solid in relief was freshman Christina Thomas (Augusta, Ga.) with two points, four assists, two boards, and one steal.
Upchurch's three-pointer seven minutes into the game started an eight-point run and gave the Bobcats the lead for good. Georgia College would add two six-point runs before taking a 13-point lead into the intermission.
The Bobcats opened the second half with an 11-2 run that established a 21-point lead, and continued to pour it on all the way to the buzzer.
The Falcons were led by Caise Carrington and Shay Bonner with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Georgia College improves to 7-5 in conference play, remaining in fifth in a tough Peach Belt Conference West Division, where five of the seven teams have winning conference records. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March.
The Bobcats' next matchup will be against Georgia Southwestern State University (8-11, 3-9 PBC) Saturday, Feb. 8 for a PBC tilt starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center.
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