GC Women’s Basketball Team’s Rally Falls Short on Homecoming, 65-54

Keys moves to No. 6 on the Bobcats all-time points list
Keys moves to No. 6 on the Bobcats all-time points list

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women's basketball team (15-6, 8-6 PBC) rallied from a 13-point deficit before falling to Columbus State University (15-5, 10-4 PBC), 65-54 Saturday afternoon at the Centennial Center. The loss snapped the Bobcats' current two-game win streak as Georgia College hoped to extend its winning streak during Homecoming weekend.

Junior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the team with a double-double netting 17 points, 11 boards, and three assists. Keys moved to No. 6 on the Georgia College all-time points list with 1,185 passing Tracy Davis (1994-98). Freshman LaRice Walker (Franklin, Ga.) added 14 points, and three assists and steals. 

The matchup featured two of the top rebounding teams in the conference with both teams living up to the billing. The Bobcats and Cougars grabbed 51 rebounds apiece. In addition to Keys' 11, senior Thresia Elskamp (Potosi, Wis.) and junior Enisha Donley (Loganville, Ga.) registered eight boards apiece. Elskamp added four points and a steal, while Donley had seven points, two blocks, and a steal. 

Senior Brandi McKinney (Cincinnati) accounted for three steals, six points, and five boards. The Bobcats finished with six blocks led by senior Abby Slocumb's (Suwanee, Ga.) fifth-consecutive three-block game this season. 

Georgia College was slow to get out of the gate. The Cougars went on an early 13-point run that allowed them to take a nine-point lead into the intermission at 32-23. 

Columbus State went up 13-points early in the second half before the Bobcats came to life. Georgia College went on an 18-3-run to take the lead at 43-41. Nine of the 18 points came off threes with McKinney, Walker, and Keys hitting from downtown. Keys' three gave the Bobcats their first lead at 43-41 since a 1-0 free-throw put Georgia College up early and it moved her into sole possession of No. 9 on the Georgia College all-time threes list. Keys' 128th three broke a tie with Beth Heyer (1997-01). 

The contest featured four tie-scores midway through the second with the last one at 51 points apiece with less than seven minutes left. The Cougars would finish the game with a 14-3-run with eight of those points coming from Tae Smith to seal the win. 

The Cougars were led by Smith with 17 points, six steals, and two assists. Both Chatil Bradford and Carrie Washington finished the game with double-doubles. Washington had a game-high 19 boards to go with 10 points, while Bradford grabbed a dozen rebounds with 11 points. Asha Alexander also turned in 13 points. 

Georgia College moves to 8-6 in conference play, remaining in fifth in a tough Peach Belt Conference West Division, where five of the seven teams have winning conference records. The top four in the division advance to the PBC Tournament in March. 

The Bobcats' next matchup is at Clayton State University (16-5, 11-3 PBC) Monday, Feb. 17 for a PBC tilt starting at 5:30 p.m. 

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