by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Bobcats (3-12, 1-5 PBC) jumped out to an early 8-6 lead, but a strong second half showing from Augusta State University (9-7, 3-4 PBC) proved too much as Georgia College fell 45-33 in a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) contest at the Centennial Center Wednesday evening.
Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) got the scoring started for the 'Cats and finished with six points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
Leading the Bobcats in scoring was sophomore forward Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.), who managed seven points on 3-of-8 (.375) shooting from the field, including 1-of-3 (.333) from beyond-the-arc.
Fellow sophomore Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) played an efficient game for the Bobcats, going 3-of-5 (.600) from the field and grabbing eight boards.
It was a relatively sloppy game for both sides, as each team turned the ball over 20 times and shot under 40 percent from the field.
GC was able to force five steals, but Augusta plucked the ball away nine times to win the category.
The Jaguars received an outstanding effort from forward Becky Newhouse, who picked up a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, seven coming on the offensive glass.
The Bobcats continued to pad their impressive PBC-leading free-throw percentage, converting a perfect 8-of-8 (1.000) on the night compared just 1-of-4 (.250) from the Jags.
Georgia College travels to Florence, S.C. to take on Francis Marion University (6-8, 2-6 PBC) Friday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. before continuing on to UNC Pembroke (7-8, 4-3 PBC) Sunday, Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
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