MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (16-9, 9-9 PBC) broke open a close game in the final minutes to beat Lander University (11-16, 6-12 PBC), 73-66 Wednesday at the Centennial Center. Appropriately on Senior Night, senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) was clutch in the closing minutes scoring 10 points in the game's last five minutes.
The Bobcats trailed by a point with 4:55 to go, but Georgia College went on a 12-4 run to end the game. McKinney accounted for 10 the team's final 12 points to assure the victory.
Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) led the team in scoring for the fourth-consecutive game, while junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) registered a double-double with 10 boards to go with 23 points. Keys also moved to No. 4 on the Georgia College all-time free throw list passing Wanda Deakins (1977-81). Keys hit five free throws to bring her career total to 253.
Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.), senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanne, Ga.), freshman Christina Thomas (Augusta, Ga.) and Keys all added three assists, while Slocumb also had a pair of blocks and steals.
The Bobcats shot 52 percent from the floor on 27-of-52, 78 percent from the charity stripe on 14-of-18, and 45 percent from beyond the arc at 5-for-11. Those numbers were better than the opposition's in each category.
It took Georgia College nearly five minutes to get its first lead, but it only lasted less than a minute. It would take another 12 minutes to get another lead with about three minutes left in the first half, but the Bearcats would claw back and take a two-point lead into the intermission at 31-29.
The second half went back-and-forth with the Bobcats being down as much as six, but Georgia College put up 44-second half points and McKinney did the rest in the final five minutes of the game. The difference may have been the seven-more points the Bobcats scored from turnovers as seven ended up being the margin of victory.
The Bearcats were led by Kayla West's 21 points. Alexis Armstrong had a double-double with 10 boards and 11 points, while Ty'hesha Reynolds added 13 points for Lander.
Georgia College moves to 9-9 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) 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 Georgia College can finish no lower than fifth.
The Bobcats will play their last game of the regular season Saturday, March 1 at Armstrong Atlantic State University (13-5, 9-1 PBC) starting at 1:30 p.m.
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