Upset Bid Comes Up Short for GC Women’s Basketball at #14 Wingate, 69-58

Junior Sydney Cleveland
Junior Sydney Cleveland

WINGATE, N.C. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (0-1) dropped a 69-58 decision at No. 14 Wingate University (1-0) Friday night as part of the PBC/SAC Challenge.

The Bobcats got five double-digit scorers, led by newcomer Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) with 12, but a tough Wingate team shot well from close range and controlled the boards 46-37 to pull off the win.

Battling early, Georgia College trailed by just five after both the first and second quarters.

Drynan responded well to her first action in blue and green, netting the 12 points and adding eight boards with three blocks. Junior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) chipped in 11 points, while seniors Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) and Alyah McGriff (Suwanee, Georgia) scored 10 each. Wright led the Bobcats in rebounds with nine, while McGriff posted eight.

Wingate's Marta Miscenko was tough to stop, as the 6-foot-4 2016-17 All-Southeast Region selection scored 27 points, pulled in 14 rebounds and swatted six shots.

The Bobcats were out-shot 46 percent (26-57) to 31 percent (20-65) from the field, but kept it close by causing more turnovers, 15-8.

GC Women's Basketball is now 4-4 in season openers in head coach Maurice Smith's tenure.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., finishing up the PBC/SAC Challenge against Anderson University.

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