Patriots March Past Bobcats, 73-55
by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
Florence, S.C. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (12-4, 4-4 PBC) dropped their fourth Peach Belt Conference (PBC) game of the season at Francis Marion University (12-5, 5-4 PBC) Friday night, 73-55.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) paced the Bobcats yet again with 25 points, her ninth 20-plus scoring game of the season and 14th double-digit scoring game. Jordan shot 10-of-22 from the field and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed seven boards, had four assists and three steals. The Bobcats had only one other scorer in double-digits, as guard Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) had 12, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from downtown. She also dished out four assists.
The first half did not start out the way GC expected as the Patriots went on an 8-0 run over the first two minutes. Francis Marion was relentless, opening the game up to 14 points at 25-11 with five to play. The Bobcats would not go quietly as they came storming back going on a 10-0 run. The four point differential is the closest the Bobcats would get as the Patriots went into the half leading, 31-21.
The scoring teetered back and forth in the second half until the twelve minute mark when the Patriots opened up the lead to 19 points, 54-35. The Bobcats would inch closer but they could never cut the deficit to less than 10.
Second chance points were the story of the evening as the Bobcats were outscored 19-4. The Bobcats were No. 3 in the nation in defensive field goal percentage but uncharacteristically let the Patriots shoot 42 percent (26-62) from the floor.
GC did shoot 38 percent (19-50) from the field but had a significantly lower amount of opportunities than Francis Marion. The Bobcats lost the rebounding battle 41-28 and the turnover battle 24-18.
The Bobcats look to get back to their winning ways Sunday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. as they travel to UNC Pembroke (8-10, 4-6 PBC). The Braves are on a two-game win streak, most recently beating the University of Montevallo 67-53 tonight.
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