MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Getting 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks from Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (14-7, 11-4 PBC) overcame some early struggles to beat UNC Pembroke (7-12, 5-10 PBC) 75-70 Saturday at the Centennial Center.
The win continues the Bobcats' strong play as of late, extending an overall win streak to four straight, and the home win streak to seven in a row.
Drynan tallied 13 of her 19 points in the second half, part of the surge that helped the Bobcats overcome a 33-31 halftime deficit. UNCP started off hot, leading 23-15 after the first quarter.
Georgia College got the first bucket of the game, but never led again until the fourth quarter. Junior Shay Tarver (Covington) knocked down a clutch three with 4:14 left in the game to put the Bobcats in front 61-59.
The teams traded baskets until a minute left, with Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) finishing off a beautiful pass from Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) for a 69-68 advantage with 45 seconds remaining. The Bobcats got a pair of turnovers on the next two UNCP possessions, with Tarver going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line the rest of the way to ice the game.
Tarver finished with 15 points, Cleveland adding 11 and a team-high five assists. Each of the eight Bobcats that played reached the scoring column.
The win puts Georgia College at 11-4 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, tied for second 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 return to action Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Clayton State University.
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