Bobcat Women’s Basketball Nabs First Conference Win, 73-61

Junior forward Ta'Asia Wright
Junior forward Ta'Asia Wright

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.  – Led by what was at times a dominant inside game, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (2-4, 1-1 PBC) dropped Augusta State University (1-3, 0-1 PBC) 73-61 Saturday at the Centennial Center.

The Bobcats used a 44-14 advantage in points in the paint to pick up their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) victory of the young season. Senior Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) and junior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) each posted career scoring highs, Wright with 23 points and Drynan with 21. Junior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) added 13 to the cause.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 24-8 lead after the opening quarter in part by controlling the glass, as they didn't allow Augusta an offensive rebound until late in the second. Georgia College finished with a 48-33 advantage in rebounding, and shot 49 percent (28-57) to just 34 percent (21-62) from the field.

Drynan and Wright both worked for double-doubles, Wright with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Drynan adding 21 points with 10 caroms.

The win today gives GC Women's Basketball victories in four of their last five home openers.

Drynan got the scoring started with a put-back on the team's first possession, and the Bobcats never surrendered the lead after that. The lead reached as high as 16 with that 24-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Jaguars battled through the middle two quarters, cutting the advantage to just one point at 53-52 with 44 seconds left in the third, but couldn't get any closer. The Augusta leading scorer was Joshlyn Belcher with 19 points, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., playing host to Albany State University.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the- minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.