March 9, 2014

GC Women's Hoops Takes on Columbus State University in PBC Championship

THE GAME

The Georgia College women's basketball team (18-10) will play Columbus State University (20-7) in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship Sunday, March 9, in Columbus, Ga. The West Division No. 4-seed Bobcats will take on the West Division's No. 3-seed Cougars, who advanced after beating East Division No. 2-seed Flagler Thursday and West Division No. 1-seed and PBC Regular-Season Champion Clayton State University in the semifinals. The Bobcats return to the finals for the first time since 2011, when they defeated USC Aiken for GC Women's Basketball's seventh PBC Tournament Title. Bobcats head coach Maurice Smith is 5-0 in PBC tournament games.  Catch the action on the HomeTeam Country102FM and ESPN 1450AM; GC Hall of Famer Scott MacLeod and sports information director Al Weston will bring you the call. The Bobcats are 4-0 in neutral site games this season. 

SERIES HISTORY

The all-time series has the Bobcats and Cougars tied with 24 wins apiece. The teams met twice this season with Columbus State taking both contests. The Cougars won in Columbus, Ga. 79-55 Feb. 1 by 24 points, and again in Milledgeville, Ga. two weeks later 65-54 by 11 points. The 54- and 55-point totals would be the third and fourth fewest scored for the Bobcats this season, respectively. The Bobcats and Cougars met last in the PBC Tournament in 2011. Georgia College beat Columbus State 63-45 in the quarterfinals that year on their way to the title. In that game, the Bobcats were the West's second seed, while the Cougars were the West's third seed. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE 'CATS

The Georgia College women's basketball team (18-10) got three 21-point performers to help push past No. 23 University of North Georgia (22-6) 83-67 Saturday in the semifinals of the 2014 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.

Senior Brandi McKinney, and All-PBC Second Team juniors Enisha Donley and Shanteona Keys each netted the 21 points to get 63 of the team's 83.

The Bobcats never trailed in the contest, starting off on a 9-0 run. The lead reached as high as 20 twice in the first half. The first 20-point lead came with 12:45 left in the first frame, leading 24-4 after a three from McKinney.

It was more of the same in the second half, as UNG failed to get the deficit any closer than 11 over the remaining 20 minutes.

McKinney had 13 of her 21 in the second half, finishing 4-for-7 from long range. She added a team-best nine rebounds, and five big steals. Donley was 9-of-15 from the floor with eight boards. Freshman guard LaRice Walker scored 13 points, getting 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. 

LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE BOBCATS & COUGARS

The Georgia College women's basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit before falling to Columbus State University, 65-54 Feb. 15 at the Centennial Center. Junior Shanteona Keys led the team with a double-double netting 17 points, 11 boards, and three assists; while freshman LaRice Walker added 14 points, and three assists and steals. 

The Cougars went on an early 13-point run that allowed them to take a nine-point lead into the intermission at 32-23. 

Columbus State went up 13-points early in the second half before the Bobcats came to life. Georgia College went on an 18-3-run to take the lead at 43-41. Nine of the 18 points came off threes with McKinney, Walker, and Keys hitting from downtown. Keys' three gave the Bobcats their first lead at 43-41 since the opening minutes of play. The Cougars would finish the game with a 14-3-run with eight of those points coming from Tae Smith to seal the win. 

CURRENT BOBCAT LEADERS

The Bobcats have four different players that are listed in nine top-10 PBC categories that include points-per-game, points, field goals, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage, steals and blocks. The Bobcats also placed two players on the All-PBC teams.

Enisha Donley has been named to the 2013-14 All-PBC Second Team and is ranked in four top-10 PBC categories while leading the Bobcats in scoring. Donley is fifth in PBC points-per-game (16.8), fifth in PBC points (454), fifth in PBC field goals (187) and fourth in PBC field-goal percentage (.539).

Shanteona Keys also has been named to the 2013-14 All-PBC Second Team. This is her second-consecutive selection to the second team while making the third team as PBC Freshman of the Year two seasons ago. She is also a two-time Academic All-American. Keys is seventh in PBC points-per-game (15.6), sixth in PBC points (436) and seventh in PBC field goals (161).

Brandi McKinney is the Bobcats' best player from the bench as she ranks in four PBC top-10 categories. McKinney is third in PBC 3-pointers (58), fourth in PBC 3-pointer percent (.372), eighth in PBC free-throw percentage (.794) and fifth in PBC steals (64).

Abby Slocumb is fourth in PBC blocks with 47. She will end her career No. 2 on the Georgia College all-time blocks list currently having 112, and her 47 this season is the fourth-highest total in a season in a Bobcat uniform. The third-highest single season total for blocks in a season is 67 (2009-10) held by the all-time shot blocker at Georgia College, Antoinette Reames (2008-10) with 140.

KEYS MILESTONE WATCH

Shanteona Keys is currently ranked in four top-10 Georgia College all-time categories that include points, field goals, free throws and 3-pointers. She picked up her 1,305th point in the win against UNG Saturday, March 8. Keys needs 43 more points to tie current No. 3 Betsy Foy's (1999-02) 1,348 points. Keys' 138 threes currently rank her at No. 8 on the Georgia College all-time threes list and she is 10 threes away from tying current No. 7 Brett Haggard (1997-01). Keys is No. 5 in Georgia College all-time field-goals with 451 and needs 46 more to tie current No. 4 May Neloms (1984-88). Keys ranks No. 4 in Georgia College all-time free throws at 265 and needs 19 to tie current No. 3 Sherita Ballard (1987-91) at 284.