GREENWOOD, S.C. – After a good start and a tight first half, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-11, 9-10 PBC) had trouble shutting down the Bearcats in the second, falling 86-52 at Lander University (22-6, 15-4 PBC) Wednesday.
The Bobcats started on a 10-2 run out of the gate, with Lander inching back to knot it up 14-14 at the end of the first quarter. A solid second quarter found Georgia College down just 35-30 at halftime.
The Bearcats knocked down eight second-half three-pointers, and hit 17-of-30 (.567) from the field overall after halftime to pull away.
Senior Veronica Ryan (Clearwater, Florida) was a key piece in the initial-half success, draining four first-half threes—finishing with 12 points—all before the break. Junior Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark) had six points and a team-high seven boards in her home state, flanked by six points and three blocks from classmate Alyah McGriff (Suwanee, Georgia). While all 11 Bobcats that played reached the scoring column, just these three had over five points, not providing enough scoring punch.
Lander enjoyed a big advantage in free-throw attempts, hitting 20 of their 28 tries compared to just 6-for-9 from Georgia College. The Bearcats also controlled the glass, a 48-26 rebounding advantage overall and massive 23-7 lead on the offensive glass.
As the loss closes the regular season for both teams, the Bobcats hope to have a short memory as Georgia College will open the 2017 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament by traveling back to Bearcat Country Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
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