Bobcat Women’s Basketball Downs PBC Champion North Georgia, 84-82

Junior guard Shay Tarver
Junior guard Shay Tarver

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (16-10, 13-7 PBC) took the fight to the top team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), coming out with an 84-82 overtime win over the University of North Georgia (22-4, 17-3 PBC) Saturday at Homecoming in the Centennial Center.

The Bobcats used a massive 30-15 edge in the third quarter to overcome some first-half struggles. Georgia College's lead in regulation reached a height of nine with just under 2:30 left. From there, North Georgia went on the offensive, hitting three huge three pointers to knot the game at 72-72 as the teams headed to overtime.

The overtime period was a tight one, a crucial turning point coming with 21.2 seconds remaining. The Nighthawks were down a pair with the ball. They worked the perimeter, missed a layup from the left side and Bobcat senior Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) ripped down a crucial rebound from behind with just 4.2 remaining. Wright was fouled, and promptly knocked down her first two free-throw attempts of the day to push the game out of reach.

Senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) poured in 22 points off the bench, hitting 10-for-16 from the floor. Junior Shay Tarver (Covington) added a 22-point, 10-assist double-double, yanking down six rebounds as well. The 22 points matches a career-high for Tarver, as she recorded her first career double-double.

Junior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) had 16-points and 15 boards for a double-double, adding six blocks and five helps. Classmate Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) added 12 points to the cause. 

The Bobcats out-shot North Georgia 49 percent (33-67) to 39 percent (30-78) from the field, and controlled points in the paint 40-26.

Drynan now has 73 blocks for the season, tying her with Antoinette Reames (2008-10) for second in the school recordbooks. Drynan is 10 off the school's single-season record. McGriff's 22 points give her 1,053 in her career, passing LaRice Walker (2013-17) into 16th in school history. Up next is Allison Barry (1988-92) at 1,096.

The win moves Georgia College to 13-7 in PBC play, good for fifth in the league standings. The Bobcats have clinched a spot in the PBC Tournament starting Feb. 28, and are just one game out of the top four—the teams that host first-round matchups.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College.

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