Bobcat Women’s Basketball Upended at Aiken, 72-61

Alyah McGriff rises for a hook shot against Albany State.

AIKEN, S.C. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (8-2, 2-1 PBC) dropped its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) contest of the season Wednesday morning, falling 72-61 at USC Aiken (5-7, 1-2 PBC). The Bobcats controlled the game early, falling victim to a late push from the Pacer women.

The Bobcats led from the first bucket of the game until the 3:47 mark in the third quarter. Georgia College had trouble finding the mark in the second half, opening the door for the Pacers to come back on their home court. The Bobcats shot just 9-for-33 from the floor and 1-for-11 from long range in the second half.

Junior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) led the early charge, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and finishing with 22. She added five rebounds to the cause as well. The effort today marks three-straight 20-plus scoring games for McGriff.

She was flanked by 13 points from senior Veronica Ryan (Clearwater, Florida) who took advantage of long distance, dialing up four three pointers. She had a game-high seven assists with just one turnover, adding four boards as well. Classmate Ellie Fruit (Henderson, Kentucky) had the best game of her senior campaign, knocking down three first-half three-pointers to finish with nine points.

Georgia College was out-shot 46 percent (27-59) to just 38 percent (24-63) from the floor and were out-rebounded for just the second time this season (47-26). The Bobcats kept it close by cashing in on the transition game, a 14-5 lead in fast-break points, and by causing 19 turnovers.

The loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Bobcats, as Georgia College had victories in all four of their December matchups.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m., traveling to UNC Pembroke. 

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