by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (17-6, 10-3 PBC) received a sweet treat today (Feb. 13) with a 57-54 victory over USC Aiken (13-11, 8-7 PBC) just in time for Valentine's Day.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led the Bobcats offensively, scoring 19 points in a contest that saw six lead changes and things knotted up three times.
Down by one with just over five minutes left to play, the junior hit a layup giving the ‘Cats a 49-48 advantage; they never relinquished the lead. However, the Pacers battled back bringing things within one when the Gray native drained a three-pointer with 52 seconds on the clock, putting things out of reach for the Pacers. Jordan also had four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
Senior Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) helped with a lucky trio of 13's, putting up 13 points and snagging 13 boards on the 13th day of the month. This marked her seventh double-double of the 2009-10 campaign. Reames recorded six swats, taking the 13th spot in career blocks in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record books with 123, edging out UNC Pembroke's Jennifer Lance (1998-2002).
Junior Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) rounded out the double-digit scoring Georgia College with 11 points going 3-for-4 from downtown, while Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tallied seven points and seven assists.
USC Aiken also had three players scoring double-digits. Lindsay Sundberg had a team high of 12 points, while Catherine Cain put up 11 and Kendra Chandler recorded 10. Deandra Schirmer led the Pacers with 11 boards, while Chandler grabbed eight. Hannah DeGraffinreed paced the team with nine points and five assists.
USCA outscored the ‘Cats off the bench 21-11, but Georgia College won the contest of second chances, 10-8. The Pacers took the battle off the boards 35-34 and 26-20 in the paint. Georgia College went .400 from the floor compared to Aiken's .346. However, the ‘Cats struggled from the charity stripe shooting 55.6 percent, while the Pacers were 81.3 percent from the line.
Georgia College is tied for the top spot in the West Division with Clayton State University (19-4, 10-3), while Lander University (21-1, 14-0 PBC) continues to lead the East Division, undefeated in conference play.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 17 traveling to Georgia Southwestern (9-12, 4-8 PBC) for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.
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