Donley’s 17 Propels Bobcats Past Patriots, 58-50
By Brian DeCandia, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (4-12, 2-5 PBC) recorded their second Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory of the season in a hard-fought battle at Francis Marion University (6-9, 2-7 PBC), 58-50 Friday night.
Three players in double-digit points guided the Bobcats in this matchup. Freshman Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) was tied for the game-high in scoring with a career-high 17 points on 7-of-11 (.636) from the field. She also chipped in five boards, three assists and a steal. Fellow classmate Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) netted 13 of her own contributing six rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.
Krysta Lewis (Woodstock, Ga.) had double-digit points off the bench, scoring 11 on 4-of-6 (.667) shooting. Forwards Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) and Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) were beasts on the boards again grabbing eight and nine, respectively. Christian was the only bright spot for the Patriots, scoring 17 on 5-of-12 (.417) shooting from beyond the arc.
GC went down quickly 3-0 with a triple from Brittany Christian at the 18:15 mark, but the Bobcats busted out of their cage, going on a 15-2 run over the next eight minutes. The remainder of the first half was back-and-forth as the 'Cats went up 32-20 into the break.
In the second stanza GC quickly went up by 16, 36-20. The Patriots would not go quietly into that good night cutting the Bobcat lead to a mere six points with 2:16 remaining. That would not be enough time as the 'Cats held off Francis Marion's final march.
The Bobcats shot 42.6 percent (20-47) from the field and 7-of-16 (.438) from three. GC struggled from the line shooting 11-of-16 (.688). The Bobcats limited Francis Marion to just 25.4 percent (16-63) shooting from the field and 7-of-26 (.269) from long range. Rebounds were tied at 40 apiece, while the Bobcats lost the turnover battle 29-24. GC recorded double-digit blocks for the first time this season with 10.
The Bobcats continue their weekend road trip traveling to PBC foe UNC Pembroke Sunday, Jan. 22 set for a 1:30 p.m. start.
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