Bobcats Stifled by Pacers, 55-32

by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant

AIKEN, S.C. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (1-1) dropped their first regular-season contest of the season Tuesday night, falling to fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) member USC Aiken (1-0), 55-32 in a non-conference matchup at the Convocation Center. 

GC hung tough through the first phases of the game, even jumping out to a 10-9 lead at the 12:11 mark, but a steady Pacer effort would eventually prove too much as the Bobcats headed to the locker room trailing 32-20. 

Neither team shot well in the second half and the Pacers held on to their lead. GC finished at just 25 percent (14-57) for the game, with USCA at 40 percent (23-58). 

Freshman Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) enjoyed another solid game, picking up 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Keys has now reached double-figures in each of her first two games as a Bobcat. 

Sophomore Abby Slocumb (Suwannee, Ga.) and freshman Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) put together six points apiece, with Schaafsma adding a team-high five rebounds. 

USC Aiken held a large advantage on the glass, out-rebounding Georgia College 50-33, including 17-11 on the offensive boards. 

Senior Myeshia Simms (Macon, Ga.) showed some solid vision and playmaking ability, dishing out seven assists to just two turnovers. As a whole, the Bobcats committed 14 turnovers which equaled that of the Pacers. 

Because this was a non-conference matchup, the Bobcats will still hold a clean PBC record. GC gets another crack at USC Aiken when the Pacers visit Milledgeville Saturday, Jan. 14 in an official PBC contest. 

Georgia College will need to rebound quickly, as they head to Dahlonega, Ga. to compete in the Chick-Fil-A Classic this weekend. 

They will face-off against the University of North Alabama (1-1) Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m., followed by a meeting with Trevecca Nazarene University (1-3) Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. 

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