AUGUSTA, Ga. - Getting 19 points from Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) and a career milestone from Alyah McGriff (Suwanee), the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-8, 12-5 PBC) beat Augusta University (4-17, 2-15 PBC) 81-74 Saturday on the road.
On a layup with 3:34 left in the second quarter, senior Alyah McGriff scored her 1,000th career point, the 15th member of Georgia College's 1,000-point club.
The Bobcats got a layup from Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) on the game's first possession, and wouldn't surrender that lead for the remainder of the contest. Georgia College's best quarter was the first, owning a 22-10 advantage after those 10 minutes. Drynan finished with 18 points.
Cleveland hit 7-for-11 from the field and 5-for-8 from long range to get her 19 points. She pulled in six rebounds and added four assists for a complete effort. The scoring total was the most for the junior since 21 against Carson-Newman University in the fourth game of the season. McGriff poured in 16 points to go with 14 rebounds, the senior's sixth double-double this season. Super-sub Shay Tarver (Covington) added a spark off the bench with 14 points.
The Bobcats out-shot the Jaguars 57 percent (30-53) to 42 percent (27-65) from the field, and won the battle of the boards 38-31.
McGriff had 91 points as a freshman, 222 as a sophomore, 393 as a junior and now 302 in her senior season thus far.
The win puts Georgia College at 12-5 in Peach Belt Conference (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. Today's victory clinches a PBC Tournament spot for the GC Women's Hoops.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Flagler College.
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