by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (15-9, 8- PBC) dropped its fifth-consecutive road game, this time at the University of Montevallo (8-16, 5-12 PBC), 80-71 Saturday afternoon at Trustmark Arena. Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) led the team in scoring for the third time this week, but it wasn't enough as the Falcons shot 50 percent from the floor.
Donley scored 18 points giving her 70 for the week. Junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) and senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) added 18 and 13 points, respectively. Four of Keys' 18 came from the foul line and moved her to No. 5 at 248 on the Georgia College all-time free throw list passing Alicia Wilson (1994-97). McKinney added a game-high four steals.
Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanne, Ga.) registered two blocks giving her 43 for the year and the fourth-best season total in Bobcat history. Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.) had a game-high five assists and co-led the team in rebounds at six with senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) and junior Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.).
After the first five minutes of play, the Bobcats were six points down but put together a 14-4 run that gave them their biggest lead at 18-14 midway through the first half. An Elskamp jump shot would give Georgia College its last lead at 25-23 with less than seven minutes left in the first. The Falcons went on a 14-6 run to end the half with a six-point lead at 37-31.
Georgia College continued to climb back getting within a point three separate times with the last time at 65-64. The closest they would come in the late going was within three at 73-70 with under three minutes to play before the Falcons closed the contest on a 7-1 run.
The Falcons were led by Taylor Beverly's double-double. Beverly scored 33 points and added 16 boards. Shay Bonner just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and 26 points. The pair accounted for nearly 75 percent of the Falcons' points.
Georgia College moves to 8-9 in Peach Belt Conference play and remains fifth in the West Division. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March. One of the teams ahead of the Bobcats is ineligible for postseason play and would allow the Bobcats to advance if they remain in fifth.
The Bobcats will play their last home game of the season Wednesday, Feb. 26 against Lander University (11-15, 6-11 PBC) starting at 5:30 p.m. on Senior Night.
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