Georgia College Womens Basketball Advances to PBC Semifinals With 60-59 Win Over GSW
by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Free-throws down the stretch for the women's hoops team at Georgia College & State University (21-7) gave them a 60-59 win Tuesday against Georgia Southwestern (12-16) in overtime in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament quarterfinal action.
Georgia College was down 23-20 at the half after only shooting .280 (7-25) from the floor. The Hurricanes led by as many as 10 points in the second half when Jessica Bivins hit a three-pointer. After the three, the Bobcats went on a 14-0 scoring run to take the lead 34-32 when Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) hit two free-throws with 10:33 left in the second frame.
Things went back and forth between the teams in the second half and Whitley Wiltz put the ‘Canes up 52-50 after sinking a free-throw.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) took the ball to the line after she was fouled with 2.5 seconds to go regulation. Jordan hit the first and Southwestern immediately called a timeout to try and freeze the junior guard. After the timeout, Jordan walked calmly to the line and sank the shot to tie the game at 52-52 sending it to overtime.
In overtime, Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.) and Reames hit layups while Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) each sank two free-throws to push the Bobcats past Georgia Southwestern. With GCSU up four Bivins hit a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer, but the Bobcats still won 60-59.
Three Bobcats had double-digits in the game as Jordan paced the team with 22 points, eight boards, five steals and four blocks, a career-high. Law set a career-high with 16 points. The junior forward also had eight rebounds, two steals and a block. Moore had 15 points, two steals and four assists.
Clark cleaned up on the glass grabbing six rebounds, all off the defensive glass. Clark's only two points came off the two free-throws in overtime that gave her team a 58-55 advantage.
Georgia College's defense forced 22 turnovers but only managed to score 13 points off Southwestern's mistakes. The ‘Cats were able to capitalize off points in the paint as they outscored the Hurricanes 30-14.
Georgia Southwestern had five players score in double-digits. Brittany Reynolds had the team-high with 16, while Bivins finished with 11 and Kanita Holloway, Nadirah Gardner and Wiltz each had 10 points. Wiltz finished the game with a double-double adding 12 rebounds.
John Carrick's Bobcats advance to the PBC Tournament Semifinals against No. 17 Francis Marion University Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at the USCA Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.
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