AMERICUS, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-9, 9-8 PBC) got one of its strongest bench efforts of the season Wednesday, but it wasn't enough, falling at Georgia Southwestern State University (13-11, 8-9 PBC) 73-57.
The odd-numbered quarters did the Bobcats in. Starting in a 17-3 hole after the first, Georgia College came roaring back to a 27-21 halftime deficit. The Bobcats had trouble finding the mark after the break however, dropping the third quarter 22-9. A comeback effort in the fourth wouldn't do the trick.
The Bobcats were led by junior Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois), with 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the field. Classmate Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) added a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double, the first of her Georgia College career. With Shay Tarver (Covington) netting nine and Lindsey Reed (Stockbridge) scoring four, the bench out-scored the Bobcat starters 44-13.
Georgia College led after the first bucket of the game but after the game drew tied at 3-3, the Hurricanes finished the quarter on a 14-0 run.
For the game, the Bobcats were out-shot 47 percent (27-58) to 32 percent (24-75) from the field, but kept things close by causing three more turnovers (17-14) and enjoying a 16-9 advantage in second-chance points.
The loss halts a three-game win streak for Georgia College, the team falling to 9-8 in PBC play with two 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 third or as low as fifth depending on how the remaining schedule fleshes out.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m., for Georgia College's Homecoming game against Clayton State University.
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