March 11, 2011

Bobcat Women Drop Thriller to Barton in NCAA Regional, 80-79

MORROW, Ga. – It came down to the final play of the game, but the Georgia College women's basketball team (22-7) couldn't pull off a win in the 80-79 thriller at day one of the NCAA Women's Basketball Southeast Regional Tournament Friday night. The No. 4-seed Bobcats lost to No. 5-seed Barton College (26-4) at Clayton State University's Athletics & Fitness Center.

Senior guard Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) gave it her all, as did all of the Bobcats, recording 32 points and 12 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season. She also had four assists. Sophomore guard Karisma Boykin (Carrollton, Ga.) saved her best effort for last, netting a career-high 16 points with six boards and four assists. Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) hit two threes and finished with 20 points.

The Bulldogs had a 30-point scorer of their own, as Jannetta Robinson made 13-of-17 shots and finished with 30. She got 15 points from Faith Hunter, 11 from Jamila Johnson and 10 from Nyeshea Willie.

In a game of runs, Barton had the first one, scoring the first eight points of the game. GC stormed back, taking their first lead at 17-16 with 13:35 left. After trading leads a few times, GC put up a 10-3 run over the last 5:30 to close the half with a 12-point lead.

Barton chipped away at the GC lead during the majority of the second half, cutting it to one twice and finally taking it over on a Robinson jumper in the lane at the 6:28 mark. The teams traded leads until Barton was up four 78-74 with 1:20 left.

Jordan knocked down an old-fashioned three-point play on the next possession on a leaner from the left side, cutting the lead to one with 56 seconds remaining. After a Barton miss, Jordan knocked down two free-throws for a one-point lead at 79-78 with 31 seconds left. Hunter spun from the left side with a quick step, getting behind the defense for a game-winner with 21 seconds remaining, putting the Bulldogs up by the final score. A last-ditch effort with a few ticks left was too strong, and the Bobcats' season came to a close.

The loss brings the 2010-11 season to an end for the Bobcats, a year where GC won the PBC (Peach Belt Conference) Tournament Championship for the fifth time. GC also returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. Jordan and Huffin both earned All-PBC honors, with Jordan earning a spot on the Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team.

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