by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MACON, Ga. - In a preseason Coaches vs. Cancer match, the Georgia College & State University women's basketball team lost their first exhibition match of the season to Mercer University with the score of 80-63. Junior guard Mandi Dudish (Snellville, Ga.) led all scorers with 20 points, including five threes.
The Bobcats had a sub-par shooting performance and failed to reach the free-throw line half as many times as the Bears. Both teams made 26 field goals. The ‘Cats finished the contest 26-of-87 (.299) from the floor and 4-of-11 (.364) from the charity stripe. Mercer shot 26-for-57 (.456) from the field and 17-of-25 (.680) from the free-throw line.
Georgia College made a short run to end the first half that started when Dudish hit two-of-three free-throws with 4:40 left bringing the score 25-16 in Mercer's favor. Not twenty-seconds later, Dudish stole the ball leading to a Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) layup to get the Bobcats within seven points. At the half, the Bears led the Bobcats 34-25.
Dudish led all scorers on the night with 20 points as she shot 5-of-12 from behind the arc. Law finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 and grabbing 14 boards. Junior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) was one rebound away from a double-double, netting nine boards and scoring 10. Senior Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) added six points and seven assists. Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) added eight boards and eight points to aid the Bobcats, six of each coming after halftime.
The Bears were led Lindsey Lowrie's 19 points and LaToya Jackson, who was selected to the Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference team, added 13. Courtney Ford finished with a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points.
Georgia College is back in action in their second exhibition game on the road against Auburn University Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
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