Bobcat Women’s Basketball Loses Overtime Heartbreaker, 67-61

Seniors Ta'Asia Wright, Alyah McGriff and Brianna Davis
Seniors Ta'Asia Wright, Alyah McGriff and Brianna Davis

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. Fueled by an epic comeback in the fourth quarter, Columbus State University (15-8, 13-6 PBC) took a 67-61 overtime game from the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (15-10, 12-7 PBC) Wednesday night in the Centennial Center.

Georgia College started out on a torrid pace, taking the first quarter 21-8. Columbus State made the first shot of the game, and wouldn't lead again until the first basket of overtime. The Bobcats lead reached its height of 23 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter.

CSU's leading scorer Tatiana Wayne utilized her quickness to blister the Bobcats for 15 points in the fourth quarter, sparking the Cougar rally. They took the fourth period 25-7 to tie the game, then momentum continued to overtime, winning the extra frame 11-5. Wayne finished with 38 points.

Junior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) came off the bench for 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Bobcats, swatting eight shots, two off the single-game record for the Bobcats, set by Antoinette Reames (2008-10) in 2010.

Senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) gave the Bobcats a second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, blocking four more shots herself. Georgia College blocked 12 shots as a team, coming one away from a program record, set in 2006 against Judson College.

The loss drops Georgia College to 12-7 in PBC play, good for fifth in the league standings. The top eight advance to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Feb. 28, and the top four teams host first-round matchups.

After the game, the Bobcats held Senior Day festivities, honoring the careers of McGriff, Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) and Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois).

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. hosting the University of North Georgia in Georgia College's annual Homecoming game.

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