by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (11-2, 4-2 PBC) lost an overtime thriller to Young Harris (9-3, 4-1 PBC), 60-55 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center. It was the team's first loss since breaking into the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division II Top-25 Coaches' Poll at No. 22.
Senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) sank a three-pointer with 32 seconds left to force the extra session. For the night, Elskamp was 2-for-2 beyond the arc, finishing with eight points and two steals. Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.) gave the Bobcats a two-point lead with a layup at 2:16 remaining, but the Mountain Lions went on a five-point run before Elskamp tied the contest in the final minute.
Junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) led the team in scoring (12) and rebounds (eight), while junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell,Ga) added 10 points, seven boards, and three assists. Sophomore Kayla Upchurch (Alpharetta, Ga.) matched a season-high at seven points in 12 minutes.
Both teams were nearly identical in their shooting from the floor, with the Bobcats hitting nearly 36 percent (22-of-62) and the Mountain Lions over 34 percent (21-of-61). Young Harris was better at the charity stripe going nearly 71 percent (17-of-24) as opposed to the Bobcats' 60 percent (6-of-10). Georgia College attempted 17 more threes converting five.
The Bobcats seemed in control in the first half and only trailed for 38 seconds, but ended up losing their lead at the intermission when Lauren Smith's layup at the buzzer gave the Mountain Lions a 24-23 lead.
Georgia College looked in control again in the second half when an Upchurch jumper gave the Bobcats a 40-39 lead that started a 7-1 run. The Mountain Lions climbed back to tie the contest at 47 apiece with under three minutes before Walker would give the Bobcats their last lead at 49-47.
The Bobcats drew within a point midway through overtime when Walker sank a free-throw to make it 54-53, but Young Harris would finish the game on a 6-2 run.
The win for Young Harris gave them two victories in three days over top-25 teams. They were led by Ladondra Johnson's double-double with 23 points and11 boards. Smith finished second to Johnson in both points with 10 and eight rebounds for the afternoon. The pair also accounted for seven of their team's eight points in the extra session.
Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) had a season-high four blocks while matching her season-high in points and rebounds with six and seven, respectively. She leap-frogged into the eighth spot in career blocks with 83, passing Pamela Hunter (80) and Sherita Ballard (82).
The Bobcats' next matchup will be at the University of North Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) tilt starting at 5:30 p.m.
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