Bobcats Battle Eagles but Fall 57-51
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The Georgia College women's basketball team (1-2) battled all game Saturday but eventually fell to the Carson Newman Eagles (3-1) by a score of 57-51. Both teams went into the second game of the Lady Saints Tip-off Classic after winning their respective Friday night games.
The Bobcats were led by Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) who had a game high 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including a blistering 6-of-10 from behind the three-point arc. Keys added seven rebounds, four steals, and one assist in addition to her scoring.
Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) got her first start of the year after an impressive game against the University of West Florida Friday night. The forward in her first year with the Bobcats continued to contribute in multiple areas, finishing with five points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Brandi McKinney (Cincinatti) had her best game as a Bobcat, scoring 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting and 3-of-6 for three. McKinney did her damage from long range in just 18 minutes played.
The Bobcats took a 29-21 lead into halftime and would keep it all the way till the 1:33 mark. The lead would change hands when freshman guard Tatum Burstrom stepped to the line and hit two free throws, making the score 49-48 in favor of the Eagles, they would hold the lead for the remainder of the game. In the end the Eagles outscored the Bobcats 36-22 in the second half.
Burstrom led the Eagles with 21 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc and a perfect 3-of-3 in the second half. Burstrom scored 18 of her points in the second half, mainly thanks to her long range shooting and being 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Georgia College will be back in action Tuesday night when they travel to take on the Clark Atlanta Panthers in the only pre-conference double header of the 2012-13 season. The Bobcats will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the men's team following them at 8 p.m.
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