By: Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (20-6) downed the Columbus State University Cougars (15-12) in a 63-45 drubbing in the first round of the Geico Championship Series Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament. This is the eighth time in school history a GC head coach led a team to 20 wins. Maurice Smith is the first Bobcat head coach to have 20 wins in his first season.
The 'Cats will travel to USC Aiken to play No. 4 Lander University at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in the semifinal round at the Convocation Center. The other semifinal game will be played by No. 12 USC Aiken and No. 1 Clayton State University.
Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) led all scorers with 14, shooting 6-of-18 from the floor. She also chipped in six boards, five assists and four steals. Jordan's 14 points makes her the 12th player to enter the 1,000 point club at Georgia College, as she now has 1,013. Jordan is the first Bobcat to score over 1,000 points in just two seasons of play.
Jordan also moves into fifth place in individual season scoring with 545 points passing Lisa Havior (1989-90). Next up is Willene Chatfield (1979-80) with 564 points. Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) also reached a milestone draining two threes. She now holds sole possession of second place in career three point field goals made with 203, passing Breane Haggard's (2000-04) 201.
Georgia College went up 2-0 after a Jordan jumper and would not trail the rest of the game. The Bobcats stretched their lead to as many as 16. Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) had all 10 of her points in the first half. She also grabbed eight rebounds, three steals and dished out two assists. GC took a 38-22 lead going into the first half.
The Bobcats remained relentless in the second half. GC opened the game up, 63-41 off of a made jumper by Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.). She would finish the game nearing a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Tammeisha Law (Athens, Ga.) also put up a double-digit game with 11 points and nine boards.
The Bobcats shot 22-of-64 (.344) from the field and held the Cougars to 14-of-52 (.269) shooting. The 'Cats out-rebounded Columbus 50-36, won the turnover battle 18-12 and had 10 steals. The Bobcats are now 8-0 when they record double-digit steals.
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