by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (13-5, 6-5 PBC) lost back-to-back road games for the first time this season with a 79-55 decision to Columbus State University (13-4, 8-3 PBC) Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center.
Senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) led the Bobcats with 17 points from the bench. Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.) added 10 points and four assists, while junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) had a team-high in rebounds with six.
A pair of Donley free-throws tied the game at 13 almost nine minutes in, but about six minutes later the Cougars opened up a double-digit lead that they never relinquished to finish out the contest.
Senior Abby Slocumb (Suwanee, Ga.) had her third three-block game this season and in the process moved into second place on the Georgia College blocks list with 95. Slocumb passed Alicia Wilson (94-97), Dalana Watson (99-03), and Ashley Williams (04-08).
Junior Shanteona Keys' (Roswell, Ga.) one three-pointer and seven points moved her into 10th on two Bobcats' all-time list. She now is tied at No. 10 in threes with 125 with Karen Nunn (89-93), and holds sole possession of 10th in career points with 1,129. She passed Watson and Williams, who were tied at 1,126.
The Cougars were led by Tae Smith's 22 points. Chatil Bradford and Asha Alexander each added 18 points, while Carrie Washington had a game-high 13 boards.
The loss gives Columbus State another point in the "Battle for the Pickle Barrel" rivalry challenge, sponsored by the Pickle Barrel Café and Sports Pub with a 6-1 advantage.
Georgia College falls to 6-5 in conference play, sitting in fifth in the PBC West Division. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March.
The Bobcats' next matchup will be against the University of Montevallo (6-12, 3-8 PBC) Wednesday, Feb. 5 for a PBC tilt starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center.
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