GC Women’s Basketball Punches Ticket for PBC Semifinal by Topping Flagler, 62-53

Senior forward Alyah McGriff
Senior forward Alyah McGriff

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (18-11) tightened the defensive clamps in the fourth quarter, pulling away from Flagler College (18-9) 62-53 Wednesday in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Quarterfinal action.

The No. 5-seed Bobcats eliminated the No. 4-seed Saints, and now move on to face No. 1-seed University of North Georgia Saturday.

In a tight contest that featured 14 lead changes and five ties, the early portion of the fourth quarter allowed the Bobcats to gain a comfortable advantage. The Bobcat lead reached its height of eight at 50-42 with 7:57 in the fourth.

Senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee, Georgia) led the Bobcats with 21 points, her seventh 20-point game this season and third in the last four. Classmate Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) added a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Junior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) nearly joined her in double-double country with 10 rebounds and nine points.

A key to the Bobcat win was the defensive play of junior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois). Taking on one of the more dominant post players in the league in Flagler's Tabitha Odabe, Drynan held the 6-foot-5 center to just six points on 3-of-15 shooting.

Drynan herself was a boxscore filler, tallying eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks. Each of the eight Bobcats that played reached the scoring column.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, March 3 at North Georgia. The two teams split regular-season action.

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