by Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (1-0) upended the Anderson University Trojans (0-1) Friday night, 56-52. Freshman Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) hit the biggest shot of the game with 39 ticks left, a three-point play that put the 'Cats up five and iced the game.
A back-and-forth defensive first half left the Bobcats holding a slight edge, 19-18. In the second half the Bobcats came out with a purpose scoring 37 points, nearly doubling their first half total. The Bobcats had nine second-chance points and held the Trojans to only three. The 16 lead changes and eight ties led up to Keys' shot to pull away by five, completely shifting momentum to GC.
After a made three by Amanda Parris pulling the Trojans within two, senior Myeshia Simms (Macon, Ga.) hit two free throws to seal the deal for the Bobcats. Simms finished with eight points and six rebounds on the evening. The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Keys with 18, shooting 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
After a turnover-riddled first half (11), the Bobcats bounced back and only coughed it up three times in the second stanza. The Bobcats shot 19-of-48 (.396) from the field and .813 (13-16) from the free throw line. Anderson shot 20-of-54 (.370) from the field and 5-of-8 (.625) from the stripe. The Bobcats won the rebounding battle 38-28 but lost the turnover battle 14-10.
The Bobcats travel to Peach Belt Conference foe No. 17 USC Aiken for a non-conference regular season game Tuesday, Nov. 15 set for a 7 p.m. start.
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