by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
AMERICUS, Ga. - Due to a poor shooting performance and a struggle to score from inside, the women's basketball team at Georgia College & State University (17-7, 10-4 PBC) was ousted at Georgia Southwestern State University (11-13, 6-8 PBC) 73-61 Wednesday night (Feb. 17) in the Storm Dome.
The Bobcats shot .267 (16-60) from the floor and finished the game with 15 turnovers. At one stretch in the first half, the Hurricanes went on a 16-0 run and led by as many as 21 points, with Georgia College finding itself down 39-21 at the half.
Gray native Chimere Jordan led the squad with 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was second on the team with eight points and also had three assists. Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.), who has battled an injury most of the season, was able to give some solid minutes tonight. The junior guard had seven points, hitting two-of-four from downtown.
Reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) continued to be a blocking machine as she recorded three swats against Georgia Southwestern. The senior forward has posted 19 blocks in the last three games and is now tied for 12th all-time in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) with UNC Pembroke's Jennifer Lance (1998-2002) at 126.
Georgia College attempted to make a comeback in the second frame as they outscored the ‘Canes 40-36 but was unable to overcome the hole dug in the first half.
Despite the loss, GCSU clinches a playoff spot at 10-4 in conference play, and could still finish in any of the top four spots in the West Division with three games left.
The Bobcats are back in action at home in the Centennial Center Saturday, Feb. 20 against Columbus State University for Homecoming. Georgia College won the catfight earlier this season 53-45 in Columbus.
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