By Alan Weston, GCSU
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – It took overtime, but the Georgia
College & State University women’s basketball team picked
up a 60-59 win over Georgia Southwestern State University Tuesday
night in the Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament
Quarterfinals at the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats improve to 21-7 and advance to face No. 17 Francis Marion University Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in Aiken, S.C. The Lady Canes, who made the PBC Tournament for the first time in program history, finish their season at 12-16.
GCSU’s junior guard Chimere Jordan netted 22 points, her ninth 20-point game of the season. She was helped by a career-high 16 points and eight boards from sophomore Tammeshia Law at the forward spot, and 15 points with four assists from senior guard Shandrea Moore. Jordan added eight rebounds, four blocks and five steals to the night’s effort.
The Lady Canes put forth a total team effort with five double-digit scorers, but none more than Brittany Reynolds’ 16 points. Whitley Wiltz powered in a double-double at 10 points and 12 boards, while Kanita Holloway and Nadirah Gardner each tallied 10 points as well. GSW also got 11 bench points from Jessica Bivins.
Both teams had trouble finding the range, as GSW held a slight edge in shooting, 31.7 percent (19-60) to 31.1 percent (19-61). The Lady Canes out-rebounded the Bobcats 50-40, but it was 22 turnovers caused by the Bobcats that created extra possessions for the win. The game marked the 11th time Georgia College had caused more than 20 turnovers in a game this season. The Bobcats cleaned up in points in the paint at 30-14.
Down two at 52-50 after a Wiltz free-throw with 13 seconds left in the second half, the Bobcats put the ball in the hands of Jordan. The junior guard drove the right baseline, pulled up for a jumper that just rimmed out while a foul was called. Jordan nailed both clutch free-throws with 2.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Near the end of overtime, Moore hit two free-throws with 17 seconds left to give the Bobcats a five-point advantage. GSW took two possessions to hit a free throw and then nail a three with time running out to bring the score to the final 60-59.