by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (1-0) opened the season tonight (Nov. 16) at home for Pack the House in Pink with a 68-67 win over No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne University (0-1) thanks to a last second three-pointer by junior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.).
With 55 seconds on the clock, the junior hit a layup pulling the Bobcats within one at 65-66. LR's Cameron Sealey fouled Jordan, sending her to the line for a three-point play opportunity. Jordan missed the free throw and the rebound was recovered by the Bear defense.
The Bears collected another defensive rebound with 18 seconds left, after a missed Bobcat three-pointer. Two Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) fouls later, Lenior-Rhyne's Jami Safrit went to the charity stripe with 10 seconds on the clock.
LR's Denise Moore grabbed the offensive rebound and was immediately fouled by Clark. The foul was Clark's fifth, who was then replaced by junior Deja Montgomery (Irmo, S.C.). With seven seconds to go, Denise Moore made her first free throw but missed the second, giving the Bears a 67-65 lead. Montgomery snagged a vital Bobcat rebound off of the second foul shot attempt, passed the ball to Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) who hit Jordan. With a Bear defender all over her, Jordan made a move and went up for a tough three and the win at buzzer with the Bobcat bench storming the floor.
Tonight Georgia College had an impressive 12 team blocks, one shy of the school record set against Judson College Nov. 17, 2006. Clark, Antoinette Reams (Orlando, Fla.) and Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) all had a team high of three blocks apiece tonight.
Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) led the Bobcats tonight putting up 17 points, while Reames recorded 15 and Jordan claimed 12. Reames also had a team high of five boards, while Law snagged six. For Lenior-Rhyne, Safrit led the team in both points and boards with 15 and eight respectively, while Amber Holt put up 12 points.
The Bobcats made program history tonight, collecting their 500th win with 454 coming under head coach John Carrick's 27-year reign. The victory also marks the fourth-straight season-opening win for Georgia College.
Carrick's ‘Cats are back in action, Friday, Nov. 20 as they travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. taking on Barry University at 5:30 p.m. for the Mariott Tipoff Classic hosted by Nova Southeastern University.
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