AUGUSTA, Ga. - Nicole Mealing's lay-in with no time left capped an amazing comeback, handing Georgia College & Stare University women's basketball (2-3, 0-1 PBC) a 71-69 loss to Augusta State University (3-3, 1-0 PBC) in both teams' first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) game of the year.
The loss squandered career efforts from senior Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) and junior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.). Brantley notched a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds and five steals, while Reames backed her up with 16 points, five boards, nine takeaways and four blocks. Defending GCSU Athlete of the Week Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) added 11 points and five assists.
The Bobcats out-shot the Lady Jaguars 42 percent (27-65) to 37 percent (26-71), but ASU got plenty of extra chances, out-rebounding GCSU 55-33 with a 21-6 edge on the offensive glass. GCSU kept close with solid defense, turning ASU over 28 times while giving away just 16.
Down by 18 with just under nine minutes left, the Lady Jags turned on the heat going on a 24-4 run to close out the game. Georgia College failed to score in the final 3:16 of the contest.
Mealing led the way with a 14-point, 11 rebound double-double, echoed by Tracey Paschal at 12 points and 12 caroms. Brittany Jarrard had 12 points, while Porsha White added 12 rebounds.
ASU now owns the all-time series with Georgia College 33-25, and have taken the last two meetings.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., hosting No. 25 Wingate University (5-1) in game two of the Craig Massee Real Estate Classic. The Bulldogs travel to Anderson University Dec. 17.
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