COLUMBUS, Ga. – The West No. 4-seed Georgia College (17-10) led its Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Quarterfinal bout with East No. 1-seed Armstrong Atlantic State University (19-7) nearly the entire 40 minutes, picking up an 84-67 victory Thursday.
The Bobcats now advance to the PBC Semifinals to take on the winner of the University of North Georgia and USC Aiken. Head coach Maurice Smith is now 4-0 in PBC Tournament games.
Junior All-PBC Second Team guard Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) nabbed her first double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds, hitting 7-of-10 from the line and 9-of-15 from the floor.
Classmate and fellow All-PBC Second Teamer Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) joined her in 20-plus scoring at 22 points, knocking down three from long range. Senor Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) made the most of her first PBC Tournament game, netting 18 points with seven rebounds and a team-best five assists.
Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.) added nine points and four assists without a single turnover in some key bench minutes.
The Bobcats held the Pirates to just 38 percent shooting (25-66), well under the team's season average of 42 percent. Georgia College also turned Armstrong over 18 times, while giving it up just 12.
The Pirates had just one lead at 27-25 with 5:49 left in the first half. The Bobcats took it right back on the next possession, a three-point play by McKinney. The lead was in double-digits for Georgia College for the final 7:19 of the ballgame.
Armstrong was led by 21 points from PBC Freshman of the Year and All-PBC Second Team pick Brigitta Barta off the bench. All-PBC Second Team forward Bryonna Davis added another 20 points. Tyler Carlson hit for 14 points as well.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. in the PBC Semifinals against either North Georgia or USC Aiken.
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