GC Women’s Basketball Pulls away Late in 68-56 Win over North Georgia

Forward Alyah McGriff
Forward Alyah McGriff

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A 26-point fourth quarter helped the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-8, 9-7 PBC) get past a tough University of North Georgia squad (18-7, 10-6 PBC) 68-56 Monday in the Centennial Center.

A three-headed monster of Alyah McGriff (Suwanee), Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) and Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) emerged in tonight's contest, the trio guiding Georgia College to a crucial division win.

McGriff posted a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double, the sixth this season. Cleveland took over in the fourth period, scoring 12 of her 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Davis scored a career-high 18 points off the bench, adding three assists, taking over at point guard while not turning it over once.

The Bobcats led 24-22 at the halftime horn, but a 20-18 third quarter in UNG's favor tied it up going into the final frame. The GC Women left little to doubt, missing just four shots from the field in the deciding quarter.

Georgia College out-shot North Georgia 48 percent (24-50) to 29 percent (17-58) from the field, also dominating points off turnovers 20-7 and bench points 31-11.

The Bobcat defense was once again stifling, causing North Georgia to do most of its damage from the free-throw line, where they went 20-for-24.

Georgia College improves to 9-7 in PBC play with three contests left. That record puts the Bobcats at fourth in the West Division, with the top four teams advancing to the PBC Tournament Feb. 25. Georgia College could finish as high as second or as low as fifth depending on how the remaining schedule fleshes out.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Georgia Southwestern State University.

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