AIKEN, SC - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (17-11) saw its season come to a close tonight (March 5) in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Tournament, dropping a 62-48 loss to host USC Aiken (21-10).
Senior Morgan Johnson and junior Kendra Chandler keyed a second-half run that enabled third-seeded USC Aiken to claim a 62-48 win over sixth-seeded GCSU.
USCA advances to face second-seeded Clayton State University in Saturday's second semifinal game at 4 p.m. GCSU ends its season at 17-11.
The Lady Pacers held GCSU to 36.4 percent shooting as the Bobcats couldn't find the range from deep, going just 1-of-12 from behind the three-point arc. The Bobcats entered the contest as the PBC's top three-point shooting team in terms of makes (192) and percent (35.0%).
Chandler led the Lady Pacers with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds.
With USCA holding a 38-32 lead, Johnson (8) and Chandler (7) combined for 15 points in a 19-5 Lady Pacer spurt that resulted in a 20-point margin (57-37) with 5:04 left. Altogether, USCA held GCSU without a made field goal for exactly six minutes.
During the final 20 minutes, USCA shot 61.1 percent from the floor, while holding the Bobcats to 7-of-20.
The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair that saw neither team lead by more than four points. USCA led 19-15 only to see GCSU counter with a 6-0 run to go up 21-19. During one five-minute span, Brantley scored 10 straight Bobcat points.
The Lady Pacers led 26-23 at halftime thanks to a long three-pointer by Meredith Legg with 1:12 left before intermission.
The loss brings the 2008-09 season to a close, a 17-11 year that saw the Bobcats reach as high as No. 6 in the NCAA Regional Rankings. Brantley and junior point guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) were All-PBC Second Team selections, the first season since 2003-04 that the Bobcats landed two on the all-conference teams. The Bobcats lose the services of just three seniors, as Brantley, Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Tonishia Wimbish (Ellenwood, Ga.) laced them up for the final time.
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