Buzzer-Beater Three Ends GC Women’s Hoops Upset Bid, 67-64

Senior forward Alyah McGriff
Senior forward Alyah McGriff

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (10-6, 7-3 PBC) nearly had their second upset of a top-ranked Peach Belt Conference (PBC) team in as many weeks, as the University of North Georgia (14-2, 9-1 PBC) edged the Bobcats 67-64 on a thrilling three-pointer at the buzzer.

With just under 25 seconds left and the ball underneath their own basket in a 64-64 game, North Georgia held for the last shot. The Nighthawks eventually worked the ball into the post to Mackenzie Darrah but met strong defense there, so Darrah kicked it out to Abbie Franklin. She unloaded from the right perimeter near the top of the key as time expired, connecting on her first three of the game to send the Bobcats home with a loss.

Franklin's heroics dampened a great game from Bobcat senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) the forward going 10-for-18 from the floor and finishing with 21 points and seven boards. Frontcourt mate Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) had 14 points and eight boards, and senior guard Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) posted 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers.

The GC Women were out-shot 41 percent (28-69) to 44 percent (27-62) to from the field, but kept a slight rebounding edge of 39-36. It was a tight contest throughout, with neither team holding an advantage of more than seven points. The score featured nine ties and 13 lead changes.

The loss snaps a five-game win streak for Georgia College.   

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Columbus State University.

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