Bobcat Women’s Hoops Holds off Francis Marion, 66-58

Senior forward Alyah McGriff
Senior forward Alyah McGriff

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (12-7, 9-4 PBC) used a strong third-quarter surge to hold off a late rally from Francis Marion University (12-6, 9-4 PBC), the Bobcats taking down one of the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) top teams 66-58 Saturday at the Centennial Center.

Georgia College won the third quarter by a 26-10 score, including scores from senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) on the first three possessions. McGriff finished with eight in the frame, but it was classmate Brianna Davis' (Rockford, Illinois) three long-range bombs for nine points that led the Bobcats for the quarter.

Francis Marion took advantage of some fourth-quarter Bobcat turnovers and a bit of a scoring drought to get back in the game, but could inch no closer than a seven-point Bobcat lead on a few occasions.

GC Women's Basketball was led by 22 points for McGriff, adding five rebounds. Davis rode that strong shooting in the third frame to 16 total points, and junior Shay Tarver (Covington) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 off the bench.

The Bobcats out-shot FMU 47 percent (27-57) to 36 percent (22-62) from the floor, and had a rebounding advantage of 40-35. Georgia College controlled points in the paint 34-20 and points off turnovers 17-4. The Patriots had a pair in 20-plus scoring to help keep them close, with Khai Chandler netting 25 and Shaunice Fulmore adding 22.

The win puts Georgia College at 9-4 in PBC play, tied for third in the league standings. The top eight advance to the PBC Tournament at the end of February, and the top four teams host first-round matchups.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m., playing host to Georgia Southwestern State University.

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