GC Women’s Hoops Drops Homecoming Thriller to Clayton State, 57-55

Junior forward Alyah McGriff
Junior forward Alyah McGriff

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A tight contest throughout for Homecoming, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-10, 9-9 PBC) was edged at the buzzer 57-55 by Clayton State University (22-5, 14-4 PBC) Saturday in the Centennial Center. Despite the loss, the Bobcats keep a one-game hold on the final Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division playoff seed.

Down a pair with 30 seconds left, Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) found Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) at the top of the key, barely inside the three-point line. McGriff caught-and-shot, elevating over her defender to drain the game-tying strike with 19 seconds left, bringing the 2,300 fans to their feet. Clayton State answered immediately, going the length of the floor finishing with an Andrea Benford layup with 1.7 seconds left. The Bobcats couldn't manage a shot before the final buzzer, falling by two.

McGriff led all scorers with 17 points, grabbing seven boards, swatting four shots and nabbing four steals as a boxscore-filler. Davis joined McGriff in double-digits with 12 points, Davis now owning a four-game streak of double-digit scoring after not scoring 10-plus in any contest prior. Sophomore Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) flirted with her first double-double at eight points and a team-best nine boards.

The Bobcats turned over the Lakers with regularity, causing 24 takeaways for 24 points off turnovers. The Lakers dominated points in the paint, however, 25-6.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 9-9 in PBC play with a single regular-season contest left. That record puts Georgia College one game ahead for the West No. 4-seed, after Georgia Southwestern State University's loss at Young Harris College tonight.

The Bobcats close the regular season on the road at Lander University Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

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