by Matt Dalby, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A strong second-half showing from the Georgia College women's basketball team (4-14, 2-7 PBC) fell short against No. 24 Lander University (14-3, 9-0 PBC) Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center, as the Bobcats lost 70-52.
The 'Cats out-dueled the Bearcats in the second half, scoring 33 points on 12-of-30 (40 percent) shooting from the field compared to 31 points and 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) shooting from Lander.
Outside a sloppy first half, GC held their own against the nationally-ranked Bearcats, cutting a 41-19 deficit down to 45-31 early in the second frame.
Three Bobcats ended the day in double-figures, as freshman Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) led the way with 12 points on 6-of-12 (50 percent) shooting from the field. She nearly missed on a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds.
The battle of the boards was played evenly, with Lander grabbing just one more rebound than Georgia College at 41-40. Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) corralled 10 rebounds to head GC in that category.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats coughed the ball up 17 times leading to 24 points, compared to just 10 turnovers and six points given away by the Bearcats.
For the game, Georgia College shot 20-of-54 (37 percent) from the field and 4-of-12 (33 percent) from three-point land, while Lander was 26-of-66 (39 percent) from the floor and 11-of-29 (38 percent) from beyond-the-arc.
It was a two-woman show for the Bearcats starring Mukia Myrick and Brittni Johnson, who scored 23 and 14 points, respectively. Center Kaylyn Small handled the rebounding efforts for Lander, crashing the boards for a game-high 12.
Georgia College takes on the University of Montevallo (7-11, 2-7 PBC) in the second of six consecutive home games at the Centennial Center Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The game will also mark "Pack the House in Pink" to support breast cancer awareness, sponsored by Zeta Tao Alpha.
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