Lady Bobcats Win Season Opener, 81-58

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (1-0) got a huge win today (Nov. 15) against University of Mobile (4-1) in the first game of the Columbus State University Tip-Off Classic, 81-58. Using 38 Mobile turnovers in the game, the Lady Bobcats opened up the season with a win for the third straight year.

Sophomore guard Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) had a career-high 21 points coming off the bench, helping the Bobcats to a 43-7 advantage in points from reserves. Dudish was 5-of-9 (.555) from downtown and 8-of-13 (.615) overall on the afternoon.

"Her teammates know she can shoot," said head coach John Carrick. "I think sometimes we force turnovers trying to get her (Dudish) the ball."

The Bobcats jumped out on an early 8-0 lead off the opening tip. Halfway through the first half, the Rams went on a 13-10 run to give them a four point lead, 26-22. That was the largest lead of the game for Mobile however, as the Bobcats took control and never looked back, leading 41-35 at intermission.

The Lady Bobcats controlled the entire second half, out-scoring the Rams in the second frame 40-23.

Junior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.), and senior Tiauna Brantley(Woodstock, Ga.) both scored in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Brantley hit the third Georgia College shot of the day to take her over the 500-point mark on her career, she now stands at 509.

The Bobcats shot 11-of-15 (.733) from the free-throw line and were .561 from the field (32-57). Georgia College was also able to capitalize off Mobile's 38 turnovers, scoring 38 points off takeaways. On the other side of the court, the Rams could not buy a shot as they hit only 36 percent from the field (18-50) which included an abysmal 1-of-9 (.111) from beyond the three-point line.

One of the bright spots for the Rams was center Sherri McIntosh, as she had a double-double by halftime and finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Danielle Goodly chipped in with 11 points and six steals.

Georgia College plays Tougaloo College tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. in the second day of the CSU Tip-off Classic. You can follow the action on 88.9 WGUR or at www.gcsuradio.com.

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